Only three months after the death of his wife, Duane Champman (also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter) was rushed to the hospital due to an emergency heart problem at the age of sixty-six.
Dog, who was most recently married to Beth Chapman, has been taking the past three months to cope with his wife's death. Beth, aged fifty-one, lost her on-going battle with throat and lung cancer on June 26th, 2019. Dog broke the news on Twitter, stating: "It's 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."
Now Dog has released a statement revealing the reason behind his hospital stay.
Read on to learn more about the reality star's past few months and why he was sent to a Colorado hospital this past weekend.
Dog first met Beth in 1986.
via: Getty ImagesShe was only nineteen years old and Dog was already married, but this didn't stop the pair from striking up an on-off relationship. They went their separate ways when Beth married her first husband, Keith Barmore, although the marriage ended in divorce.
They reunited in 1995.
Dog the Bounty Hunter.
via: Getty ImagesThe TV show, Dog the Bounty Hunter, is based on the life and experiences of Duane, who bounty hunts for a living. The pair partnered up to work together shortly after rekindling their relationship, and Beth began starring alongside him as his show grew in popularity. They also created a spin-off show: Dog & Beth: On The Hunt.
They put in some pretty hard work.
The couple well and truly made a name for themselves.
But Beth announced some tragic news in September 2017.
The heartbreaking realization...
Beth wanted to "spend her last days on the hunt."Metro, speaking to The Daily Mail in March, Dog said, "My baby has cancer and she is fighting like hell. I've cried a lot over this because is my everything."
Beth was put into a medically induced coma.
She "wasn't reacting well" when she arrived at the ER.TMZ, medics first put her under mild sedation but she quickly fell into a full medically-induced coma.
Praying for a miracle...
Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you— Duane Dog Chapman (@Duane Dog Chapman)1561272467.0
Her family was with her the entire time.
You all know how she is about HER NAILS !! https://t.co/w8iWMYrWZd— Duane Dog Chapman (@Duane Dog Chapman)1561428791.0
She passed away at home in Hawaii at 5am.
It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the st… https://t.co/csllvQQA8P— Duane Dog Chapman (@Duane Dog Chapman)1561564480.0
"She hiked the stairway to heaven"...Metro, the family sends out their sincere thanks to everyone for their prayers throughout Beth's battle with cancer.
After the family returned home, they left an homage on their drive.
https://t.co/iErraH1ddH— Bonnie Chapman (@Bonnie Chapman)1561592956.0
People have been worried about Duane.
via: GettyDog and Beth were inseparable, so fans have understandably been concerned for the star's welfare since Beth's passing.
He admitted that he has been struggling without his wife.
via: GettySpeaking to Entertainment Tonight, Dog opened up about his struggles getting back into a routine without Beth by his side. "I haven't gotten past the place where I'm [not] putting a pillow where she was and covering it up. And then I wake up in the middle of the night and I see her and it doesn't register that it ain't her. I'm still there."
He also revealed that he's struggling to eat without her.
via: GettyDog has lost a shocking seventeen pounds since her death. "I can't eat. Two bites, I'm full. I got to force feed myself like I force fed her," he admitted.
He also struggles to eat alone.
via: GettyDog revealed that Beth would often help him to read menus at restaurants because the lighting would be too dim and he needs glasses. "I would go, 'What do I want today, honey?' and she would name two things," he explained. "I never ordered…I'm having a hard time ordering food. Chewing ice helps, and I've lost seventeen pounds in about two weeks."
It has been a couple of rough months for Duane.broken into in Colorado.
And recently, it has been announced that Dog was admitted to a Colorado hospital following a heart emergency.
via: GettyTMZ reports that Dog was sent to the hospital from his home in Colorado after feeling pain in his chest region. The shocking incident comes just three months after Beth's death.
An updated report shows that Dog is currently well and under care.confirmed via Instagram that Dog thanks everyone for the well-wishes, and is under a doctor's care resting comfortably. Dog's feed has since been flooded with comments and well-wishes.
Dog has since spoken out about his illness.
via: Getty Images“I couldn’t breathe. It was like I had ran a 3- or 4-mile run," he told Fox31 and Channel 2 “It feels much better now."
He went on to offer a tragic explanation for the incident.
via: Shutterstock“I think, basically, I had a broken heart," Duane told the reporter, before pausing emotionally. "And of course, it’s going to heal," he added.
And strangely enough, this is backed up by science.
via: WikipediaIn spite of sounding like psychobabble, "broken heart syndrome" is a genuine heart condition, first discovered in the '90s. Professor Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation, called it, "a devastating disease that can suddenly strike down otherwise healthy people."
The condition is also called takotsubo syndrome.
via: ShutterstockIt's a condition brought on by extreme feelings of stress, which can be brought on by grief or bereavement.
And though the causes are emotional, the effects are very much physical.
via: ShutterstockEven after the emotional pain is over, the heart can actually be left with tissue damage similar to that of a heart attack.
A description of a takotsubo attack sounds pretty terrifying.
via: ShutterstockDuring one, the heart muscles weaken and expand massively, temporarily destroying the heart's ability to pump effectively.
Duane isn't the only sufferer, either.
via: ShutterstockAround seven thousand Americans will experience the condition every year. Men are more affected than women, with the primary age of a sufferer is between fifty-right and seventy-five.
It was believed in the past the condition was only temporary.
But that's been discovered not to be the case.
via: IMDB“Now we can see they can continue to affect people for the rest of their lives," Professor Jeremy Pearson went on.
This makes it quite a worrying condition.
via: Shutterstock“There is no long-term treatment for people with takotsubo because we mistakenly thought patients would make a full recovery," Pearson says.
And, even more mysteriously ...
via: ShutterstockTakotsubo is not only caused by extremes of negative emotions. It can also be brought on by high-stress positive feelings, like excitement and strong joy.
Which means Duane may be in line for a long term struggle.
via: IMDBWhile he's out of hospital now, it may be that this is something he suffers with again in the future.
We have to wish him the best.
via: IMDBIt can't be easy losing you life partner - but the fact it can also have such a dramatic impact on your health is pretty scary stuff.