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Chaz Bono

The Report of My Death

Is Greatly Exaggerated

11/4/2011 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Chaz Bono is pissed off at the National Enquirer for running a story that predicts he will DIE in 4 years -- claiming the whole thing's a "smear campaign" that's "blatantly false" ...  TMZ has learned.

The "story" is plastered right on the cover of the Nov. 11 issue with a headline that screams, "Chaz Bono -- ONLY 4 YEARS TO LIVE."

The article cites "expert" opinions from a guy named Dr. Patrick Wanis, who claims Chaz's weight combined with the stress and various medications associated with his gender reassignment "increase Chaz's risk of an early death." The Enquirer says Wanis predicts Chaz will likely die by 2015.

But Chaz claims the whole thing is a steaming pile of crap -- and his legal team fired off a letter to the Enquirer demanding they print a retraction and issue a public apology ASAP.

In the letter, Chaz's lawyer calls the story, "blatantly false and defamatory" -- adding, "The salacious and inflammatory headline and article were crafted for the malicious purpose of discriminating against our client's gender and sexual orientation."

"Further, the statements you attribute to Dr. Patrick Wanis and your depiction of him as a medical doctor specializing in transgender health issues are highly misleading and blatantly false."

Chaz's lawyer says if the Enquirer does not retract the story, Chaz will sue.

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46.

Transgender Law Center    

That tabloid makes a profit selling lies and misinformation that only perpetuate the dangerous stereotypes that fuel discrimination and violence against transgender people and their families. We thank Chaz Bono for courageously sharing his story with such humility despite the ongoing, ridiculous and discriminatory attacks on his character.

994 days ago
47.

shadough    

Why is this fat freak news?

994 days ago
48.

Drey    

Ummm no. They are not right. I have several friends who are about the same size as Chaz and who are transgendered. They have been taking those medications for years. Well beyond 4 years. They are perfectly fine. The rest of you bullies need to go find someone else to judge and torment. Bullies live in fear and act out in ignorance.

994 days ago
49.

kim    

SUE them in 5 YEARS, for FALSE ADVERTISEMENT... "LOL"

994 days ago
50.

BigDan    

SHE is not a HE! WTF, why do idiots give in to this travesty of a person?

994 days ago
51.

Shannon    

Who really cares?

994 days ago
52.

always    

Looks like she, Chaz is going to turn into a fame whore now, at every turn we will hear some BS from her. Go back where you were for years, We liked you there.Sick of you showing us what a new type of man is...a freak. Stop pushing it down our throats, and we won't reply to you.Should be some thing private not in the news. Sicko

994 days ago
53.

Realist    

I wasn't aware we lived in communist Russia. The NE printed a story about the OPINION of a doctor who took all of what's going on with......it......and made an educated guess issued in the form of an opinion. Leave it to anattention seeking nobody to sue someone over their opinion. I think your fat ass will drop dead soon, too. You gonna sue me next?

994 days ago
54.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

Not to mention GOD doesn't take lightly screwing with his unmatchable handiwork like this. That's for Dammmnnnn Sure Chaztiittty. When he/she figures out life as a women out does life as a hard working aszzz busting man in this country she/he's really in for a surprise.

994 days ago
55.

Tom    

I agree. This is such false information! Three years is more likely...

994 days ago
56.

Soapy Johnson    

Chaz Bono needs to grow a pair ...
http://placeitonluckydan.com/2011/11/chaz-bono-needs-to-grow-a-pair/

994 days ago
57.

meangurl    

I have no problem with her wanting to become a man. I am sick of her bitching like a frickin little GIRL.

994 days ago
58.

John    

How can he know?

994 days ago
59.

Justin    

how can you sue someone on a prediction? is IT trying to get a payout so IT can stop living off IT's mom

994 days ago
60.

tink981    

I don't remember her being so large before the surgery. It seems like the moment she started the "process", the weight started coming on and it won't stop. She really needs to have it looked at. How can she really be happy being that large? No matter if she wants to call herself a man or a woman, she needs to take a look at her diet.

994 days ago
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