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Chaz Bono threatens to sue National Enquirer if it does not retract health story his lawyers call “malicious”

ChazWhen you’ve been in the public life as long as Chaz Bono – which has basically been his entire life – then you would probably develop a pretty thick skin about whatever a tabloid might write.

But even Chaz has his limits and the current issue of the National Enquirer has pushed him to it.

The tabloid has a cover story with the headline: “Chaz Bono — ONLY 4 YEARS TO LIVE.”

Inside, it quotes someone 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.” Wanis predicts Chaz will likely die by 2015.

That is pretty horrible.

The only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, who recently competed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, is letting his lawyers do the talking on this one.

TMZ has obtained their letter demanding a retraction. They call the story “blatantly false and defamatory” and add that “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.”


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One Remark

  1. November 6th, 2011 at 7:07 am
    RichB in Palm Springs says:

    Is Nat’l Inquirer still around at the grocery checkouts? I support Chaz and to defend himself with all his ‘might’ but this will draw attention to this ‘rag’ again for all its’ crap.

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