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.