PLAGUED by several devastating health woes, ANGELINA JOLIE fears she has as little as three years to live and has secretly drawn up a “bucket list” of goals to complete before she dies.
In a bombshell world exclusive, sources told The ENQUIRER that the 38-year-old Oscar winner is convinced that the maladies – including her family’s history of deadly cancer – will end her life prematurely.
The courageous beauty recently underwent a preventive double mastectomy to minimize her risk of breast cancer and plans to have additional surgery due to an elevated risk of ovarian cancer – but she’s still convinced she’s only got three to five years left, say insiders.
“Angelina is trying to live her life to the fullest because she feels deep down that she doesn’t have much time left,” a source close to the actress told The ENQUIRER.
“She’s going to do everything she can to prolong her life but really believes she won’t even reach her mid-forties.”
Experts consulted by The ENQUIRER say the “Tomb Raider” star’s past history of drug abuse, her near-starvation diet, extreme stress and a grueling schedule can all contribute to cutting her down in the prime of life.
Her hectic lifestyle and medical conditions “can shorten her life-span considerably,” Dr. Damon Raskin, a prominent internist and addiction expert who hasn’t treated Angelina, told The ENQUIRER.
The screen siren is painfully aware that her genetic makeup is a ticking time bomb.
Angie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died at 56 in 2007 following a long battle with ovarian cancer. The actress also lost her maternal grandfather, grandmother and uncle to cancer.
AND on May 26, her mother’s sister, Debbie Martin, died of breast cancer at 61 – less than two weeks after Angelina revealed she’d undergone her preventive double mastectomy.
She disclosed her courageous decision in an article she wrote for “The New York Times,” noting that doctors estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer due to a “faulty” BRACA1 gene.
She also divulged that she had a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer and planned to undergo surgery to forestall that disease.
“There is no longevity on my mother’s side,” Angelina told “Esquire” magazine.
And the sexpot probably didn’t help matters during a wild youth in which she confessed to using drugs, including heroin. Experts say that could raise her chances of contracting deadly hepatitis C and possibly needing a liver transplant someday.
As The ENQUIRER reported, the 5-foot-7 actress is now down to an estimated 92 pounds. To make matters worse, she’s under tremendous physical and emotional wear and tear due to an almost nonstop schedule of film and humanitarian work. Since June she’s helped partner Brad Pitt promote his movie “World War Z” in London, Europe and Japan, visited Jordan’s Za’atri refugee camp, flew to Hawaii and Australia to scout movie locations and, most recently, headed back Down Under with her kids to start shooting her movie “Unbroken.”
“She’s trying to cram everything into her life right now because she feels she could be gone in as little as three years,” revealed a concerned insider.
“That’s why number one on her bucket list is her plan to marry Brad. She wants to make sure they are legally husband and wife so there are no disputes when she passes on. She’s getting her affairs in order and wants her six children to be well taken care of.”
Angie’s fears are grounded in real concerns, say health experts.
Dr. Raksin, who’s based in Pacific Palisades, Calif., told The ENQUIRER: “A severe weight
loss along with a past history of drug abuse is of grave concern. She may have already damaged
her heart from substance abuse and at 92 pounds may be suffering from an eating disorder, which
also can cause heart arrhythmia and muscle-wasting.”
Dr. Gregory Smith, who has not treated Jolie but is a noted Los Angeles addiction expert, told The ENQUIRER: “She’s been under a lot of stress lately with her surgeries, the deaths in her family and children to care for. When adversity strikes, it’s common to return to old, destructive behaviors. If this is happening to Angelina, she may be risking an early death.”