He's barely had time to breathe between working on his show and mourning the love of his life. And now this.
Nearly three months after losing his beloved wife, Beth Chapman, to cancer, Duane "Dog" Chapman was rushed to the hospital for a heart emergency. Sources who spoke to TMZ said that the Dog the Bounty Hunter star was taken to a hospital from his home in Colorado after he complained of feeling pain in his chest.
“I can confirm Dog is under doctor’s care and is resting comfortably,” his representative told Us Weekly. “Thank you for all of your well-wishes. Keep ‘em coming.” The 66-year-old reality is still undergoing tests for doctors to determine whether what he experienced was a heart attack and whether he will need corrective surgery, according to the news outlet.
This scare is just one of many that Duane has had to face after his wife's death in June. From breaking down in tears at her memorial to dealing with the break-in and robbery at Beth's store to nearly falling victim to a $430k check scam out of Dubai, the bounty hunter has been under a lot of stress, reported TMZ. He even revealed to Page Six that he's been struggling with eating while grieving his wife's passing but shared that his weight loss may have actually improved his health.
Beth Chapman, Duane's wife and partner in crime had been battling cancer for quite a long time. Though she managed to win the battle against the throat cancer diagnosis she was given in 2017, it was lung cancer in 2019 that took her away from him. Since then, he's been doing his best to mourn in private while honoring her memory, reported E!Online.
Duane also admitted that he is trying to stay occupied as he goes through the grieving process. Despite his packed schedule, there are times he communicates with his late wife. "I don't know if I'm light in the mind but I kind of hear her," he shared on Daily Pop, as mentioned by E!Online. "She was my good coach and I was her good coach but I kind of hear her a lot."
During an episode of Dax Shepard‘s podcast Armchair Expert, the reality star revealed how he’s been coping since Beth’s death, according to People. “And you’ve got to imagine what your identity is now without half of you,” he said. “That’s got to be terribly frightening.”
“I googled it,” he continued. “It says you adapt, you get smarter. She used to tease me, ‘You stole me from the cradle at 18 years old.’ I had her until she was 51, and I’d say one word and she knew what it meant. She’d be like, ‘Let me do it, Big Daddy, you’re too aggressive.’ And then she became more aggressive than me. And now all the sudden she’s not there. Google says you get smarter when you’re forced to deal with it. Because I still go, ‘What time do you have to be up in the morning, honey?’ I’m setting the alarms. …I’m getting better. I depended on her for so much.”
In an interview with People, when asked if Dog would ever remarry, his response was simple and heart-warming. Though he'd be open to love, “What deal we said is I will never take ‘Beth’ off my chest, I have her name here. And I will never get married,” he said. “‘And she said to me, ‘We are human, okay?’ And probably the same thing I’d say to her: ‘I know you’re gonna have a boyfriend, I hope you have 10, but don’t go fricking marry one, and say those words. Don’t you dare do that.’ I would say that, and she did say that to me.”
Get well soon, Dog!