Burt Reynolds’ Deathbed Tell-All!

In a blockbuster new memoir, Burt Reynolds reveals the darkest chapter in his 50-year career when some of his closest friends in Hollywood turned their backs on him amid fears he was dying from AIDS!

The Smokey and the Bandit superstar, now 79, is still bitter over the famous pals who betrayed him at his lowest point, according to a GLOBE source who has read the sensational book from cover to cover.

Burt admits he didn’t work for two years in the 1980s after losing 40 pounds due to a mysterious illness — and Hollywood began buzzing he’d contracted the killer virus.

To find out who stuck by Burt’s side during these painful years, buy the latest issue of GLOBE – on newsstands now.