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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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61.

Doreen    

Listen, Chaz is morbitly obese. If he does not loose weight, he is going to kill himself.

1082 days ago
62.

bunny    

That expert is probably right. He needs to start taking care of his body and not flaunting it like it's hot because it's not.

1082 days ago
63.

cindy    

Of course Chaz will sue. IT wants easy money. IT writes books, more easy money. Especially because someone else basically helps all these stars write the books. The stars just provise them with details and info.

1082 days ago
64.

Hanging to da lef    

A combination of weight gain and wearing men's ties will cause her to choke to death!!

1082 days ago
65.

shagrath    

kind of funny, all he does is pizz and moan and gripe and talk s#!^ about the judging on DWTS, fellow celbs and politicians yet hes b!tchin about something he does all the time
character defame and slander
its justifyable
stop mooching off your celb parents and get a job

1082 days ago
66.

Jan    

Chaz must be thrilled. This article will get Chaz back on Joy Behar Show, Anderson Cooper, and The View.

1082 days ago
67.

Jan    

Chaz LOVES the attention.

1082 days ago
68.

manbearpig    

we gotta wait another 4 years for her to croak?
that's too bad!

1082 days ago
69.

agree    

Chaz was wondering what he was gong to do for a job since dancing is over, he can sue people. By the way, what was he doing before dancing?

1082 days ago
70.

syd    

Chaz will probably sue The Hollywood Gossip because they said the same thing!

1082 days ago
71.

Bubo22    

LOL you mean "SHE" or "HER"

1082 days ago
72.

Sydney    

Chaz will also sue The Hollywood Gossip. The Hollywood Gossip said the same thing about Chaz.

1081 days ago
73.

Pony Wow    

k Chaz's legal team needs to file a complaint against the Medical Doctor that was quoted in the National Enquirer with the Medical licensing board in that Medical Doctor's state. An MD cannot diagnose, offer medical advice, etc. to someone one they have never established an MD/patient relationship with much less ever met. Even if this MD knew Chaz personally and examined him it would be against HIPPA (Health Information Portability Protection Act to even confirm or deny that Chaz was a patient of his without a release of information signed by Chaz. The word that came to my mind when I read that article standing in line at the grocery store was MEDICAL MALPRACTICE. I am sure that this MD's death wish on Chaz must be causing him an enormous amount of emotional distress

1081 days ago
74.

syd    

Chaz will sue the Hollywood Gossip too!

1081 days ago
75.

hhmmm    

The National Enquirer isn't even news! It's a joke, Chaz no worries We still love you! It's not even worth commenting on

1081 days ago
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