Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, also known as Dog The Bounty Hunter, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition just months after his beloved wife passed away after a long battle with cancer.
In early September, Duane was hospitalized for severe chest pain. After staying for diagnosis, the 66-year-old bounty hunter revealed he’s suffering from pulmonary embolism, a blockage of an artery in the lung.
In The Dr. Oz Show clip acquired by People, Mr. Chapman shared the diagnosis and admitted it has changed his perception of death.
“I said, after Beth left, I’m not afraid to die… I take that back. I’m not afraid to, but I don’t want to,” the TV star admitted.
Speaking of the time the doctors confronted him with the terrifying news, Chapman added:
“Oh I was afraid to die. I said ‘Please let go of my heart, honey. Quit squeezing my heart.’”
In the 1-minute clip, Dr. Mehmet Oz told Chapman that he is a “ticking time bomb.”
“You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now. Fear of death is normal,” he said.
“I’m surprised you don’t fear death when you’re chasing after convicts. But when you run away from doctor, that means you have to do your own doctoring.”
While the widower previously expressed that he’s “weary of doctors and hospitals,” he now has to try his best, for the sake of himself and his kids, to recover from the disease and a broken heart.
According to the People, Chapman confirmed he wasn’t willing to go out without putting up a fight.
Back in June, Duane’s wife, 51-year-old Beth Chapman, passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was first diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer but went into remission months later.
Sneakingly, however, the disease has spread to her lungs and she was later diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that ended her life.
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