Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman revealed while on the “Dr. Oz” show that he recently suffered from a pulmonary embolism in his heart. In a preview of his “Dr. Oz” appearance, the 66-year-old said that he found out he had the “life-threatening” condition where “clots block blood flow” two weeks after he had been hospitalized for chest pains, according to People.
“You’re a ticking time bomb,” Dr. Oz told the reality star. “You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now. 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 doctor, that means you have to do your own doctoring.”
Dr. Oz spoke to the publication, explaining that Chapman was “denying care that he knew would be life-saving.”
He went on to say that Chapman “was fearful,” Dr. Oz said. “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.”
He continued: “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.”
“I hesitated for a minute thinking, I don’t want to have to go through this again,” Chapman said. “I don’t want to die right now. I’m not afraid to die anymore, but I really didn’t care for awhile if something would happen. I do care now.”
According to People, Chapman is now taling his blood thinners and is trying to stop smoking.