SOBBING KENNY ROGERS CONFRONTS GRIM DEATH!

COUNTRY crooner Kenny Rogers secretly hid a heartbreaking battle with hepatitis C — long before the killer virus had any treatment or remedy! Now insiders suspect the ravages of the disease — which can lead to liver failure, cirrhosis and liver cancer — have pushed him toward finally retiring. GLOBE has learned Kenny, 79, lived with the potentially life-threatening virus for at least TWO decades before he was diagnosed in 1994. Buy the latest copy of GLOBE Magazine at your nearest supermarket, newsstand, and Wal-Mart.

PLAYBOY CZAR’S DEATH COVER-UP!

THE death of wasted, disease-ravaged Playboy king Hugh Hefner is mired in a mysterious autopsy cover-up. While the legendary lothario reportedly died at age 91 of natural causes on Sept. 27, sources tell GLOBE he was secretly battling a myriad of devastating health issues — including killer lung cancer rampaging through his body. GLOBE also found shocking details in his death certificate revealing the shriveled skirt-chaser suffered from severe respiratory problems, a strain of E. coli and the blood infection septicemia! The publishing mogul's death is shrowded in mystery.

MALCOLM KID'S BRAIN DAMAGE TRAGEDY!

FRANKIE MUNIZ can’t recall his childhood days on Malcolm in the Middle after suffering a series of mini-strokes and concussions! Now 31, the former FOX sitcom star admits, “I don’t really have memories of being on the show. “It makes me a little sad. Things pop back into my mind [that] I should have remembered.” Get this exclusive scoop in GLOBE Magazine available at your nearest Newsstand, Wal-Mart, and supermarket.