Chaz Bono (Paul Zimmerman/GETTY IMAGES)

The tabloid’s latest cover story, “Chaz Bono: Only 4 Years to Live,” alleges that the “Dancing With the Stars” contestant may be put in an early grave because he underwent gender reassignment surgery. It claims that “obesity, testosterone supplements, past depression and high suicide rates among transgendered people” increase Bono’s chances of dying.

Bono’s lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter (found via TMZ) to the Enquirer, asking the tabloid to publish an apology and retraction within 24 hours and never makes similar claims against Bono again. If the Enquirer refuses, Bono may pursue legal recourse

His lawyer calls the article “outrageous, false, fabricated and highly defamatory” and “crafted for the malicious purpose of discriminating against our client's gender and sexual orientation.”

(Courtesy The National Enquirer)

A lawyer from American Media, Inc., the company that owns the tabloid, has not responded to a request for comment.