Duane 'Dog' Chapman diagnosed with pulmonary embolism just three months after wife Beth died
In June, Duane 'Dog' Chapman's beloved wife, Beth, died after a long battle with cancer.
Beth Chapman had been placed in a medically induced coma, but sadly passed away, having battled with throat cancer since 2017. Sadly, the disease later spread to her lungs, and the cancer was described as "incurable" in 2018.
Taking to Twitter to pay tribute to his late wife, Duane wrote;
"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."
This lead to an outpouring of support from Dog's many fans around the world. In the weeks since Beth's sad passing, Duane 'Dog' Chapman has given several interviews, during which he's spoken openly about how much he was struggling without his wife by his side.
In this video, Duane and Beth discuss battling cancer:
And now, three months on from Beth's passing, Duane has been reportedly been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism - a "life threatening" condition whereby one or more arteries is blocked by blood.
In a clip from Monday's episode of The Dr Oz Show, the doctor told Duane "you're 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. 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.”
After the diagnosis, Dr Oz told People;
“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.”
For his own part, Duane told People;
“I hesitated for a minute thinking, I don’t want to have to go through this again.
“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.
“Once this goes away, I am 100 percent. I’ve had fears. 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.”
People reports that Duane 'Dog' Chapman is now on blood thinners, following a healthy diet and working on quitting smoking.