Published on: July 29, 2004

"My life is over -- leave me alone to die!"

Those are the despondent words of magician Roy Horn, who remains in pathetic condition nearly a year after he was mauled by a tiger.

The issue that goes on sale Friday reveals why Roy has become increasingly pessimistic about recovery, features candid photos of the beloved showman confined to a wheelchair, tells of a controversial new medical treatment that could possibly get Roy back on his feet ... and much more.