Dog The Bounty Hunter Diagnosed With ‘Life-Threatening’ Illness Months After Wife’s Death

Months after the death of his beloved wife Beth, Duane “Dog The Bounty Hunter” Chapman has been diagnosed with a “life-threatening condition.”

Last month, the 66 year-old Dog was rushed to the hospital with a “heart emergency” that he later attributed to a “broken heart” following Beth’s passing. Now, a new clip from “The Dr. Oz Show” has been released showing Dr. Oz himself informing Dog that he suffers from a pulmonary embolism in the heart, a “life-threatening condition” that occurs when one or more arteries have been blocked by blood.

Dr. Oz went to Dog’s home in Denver, Colorado to personally give him the diagnosis.

“You’re a ticking time bomb. You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now,” he said. “Fear of death is normal. I’m surprised you don’t fear death when you’re chasing after convicts. But when you run away from the doctor, that means you have to do your own doctoring.”

Dr. Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, said afterwards that Dog was “denying care that he knew would be life-saving.”

“[Duane] was fearful. Beth had been his north star. She was the one that would go with him and keep him balanced so he could deal with these things. Losing her took away his biggest support. I said, ‘What would Beth do? What would she say to you? I don’t think she’d be happy with what you’re doing. You’re throwing away your life, you’re throwing away your ability to parent your kids. You have to man up.’ That’s what she would say.”

Finally, Dog saw just how serious his situation was.

“I hesitated for a minute thinking, I don’t want to have to go through this again,” Dog said. “I don’t want to die right now. I’m not afraid to die anymore, but I really didn’t care for a while if something would happen. I do care now.”

“You know I, all the time stick my foot in my mouth and I said, after Beth left, I’m not afraid to die. Oh, I was afraid to die,” he added. “I said, ‘please let go of my heart, honey. Quit squeezing my heart.’ So, I take that back. I’m not afraid to go, but I don’t want to.”

Dog has since been put on blood thinners and is adopting a healthy diet. In addition, the bounty hunter is taking steps towards kicking his smoking habit for good, and he is hopeful that he’ll be fully recovered in the next few weeks.

“Once this goes away, I am 100 percent. I’ve had fears,” Dog said. “The blood clot is not a normal thing but it happens a lot, but I’m going to be 100 percent. I’m encouraged by it.”

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