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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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91.

California Granny    

Boy, That Enquirer must be needing stories really bad,when they print such a drivel about people. They don't have enough real stories but they have to invent pure bunk instead. I hope Chaz takes them to cleaners.

997 days ago
92.

Linda    

Ok, Chaztity or whoever you are, you are NOT a star...and have never done any real work. The vast majority of people really don't care one way or another what you do, who you do it with (as long as they are an adult and have no objections) or what gender you think you are this week. We are really, really tired of hearing about you. You are of no more importance than anyone else. Now, go and spend more of mommys money, dear. And by the way, no one really cares what mommy thinks either, lol.

997 days ago
93.

Nancy    

The Enquirer article cites Patrick Wanis and he posted a video message to Chaz Bono heeding him to take action about his health, surround himself only with people that really care and beware of Hollywood's parasites. http://youtu.be/3zu64DvHhWU

996 days ago
94.

Nancy    

Patrick Wanis who is cited in the article posted a personal video message to Chaz Bono heeding him to take action about his health, surround himself only with people that really care and beware of Hollywood's parasites.

996 days ago
95.

Susan    

Get over it Chaz and grow up! The Enquirer is a rag magazine and everyone with half a brain knows it. However, there is the freedom of the press and people have the right to express their opinion. From what I gather from this article you are demanding an apology...get real. Be a cry baby and threaten to sue because someone expresses an opinion that you don't like...how adult is that? You are overweight and that alone puts stress on your heart and body. I have no idea what the drugs will do and I can only imagine that you are under stress like many of us are. All of these factors do contribute to an early death. If you don't like what they say then prove em wrong and get healthy. But above all else....GROW UP!

995 days ago
96.

Kyle    

I thought Jackie Gleason was deceased?
Oh wait it's "Chaz" making the rounds enlightening us all with such "important" things in life.

991 days ago
97.

Kyle    

"Chaz" was last seen muttering "I Got You Babe" while awaiting an order @ In and Out Burgers ?

987 days ago
98.

GB    

who ever say bad things about chaz! That's horrible and cruel saying about Chaz. You are bullying Chaz and u shouldnt bullying about it. You can cause whoever person have reasons that whatever she or he wants to become and can lead to sucide and u will be blame for that for bulling the persons. You look up in you tube and loook for bullying stories. How They felt when somone bullying them? Shame on u for bullying like that! Besides it is not your business. I understand how Chaz feels and i am proud of him for coming out for what he wants to do. Yes of course his weight needs to be taken care. All u people who bullying about it and should encourage him and comfort him and hoping he will lose weight. Good luck to you,Chaz! Praying for u!

914 days ago
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