Dog the Bounty Hunter received a health intervention from an unlikely ally.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, the longtime host of the syndicated medical show “Dr. Oz,” flew to the reality star’s Denver home recently to perform a medical examination. Dog, aka Duane Chapman, who is wary of doctors, was hospitalized in mid-September for chest pains, according to TMZ at the time.
Oz’s diagnosis were frightening — a pulmonary embolism lodged in Chapman’s heart.
“You’re a ticking time bomb,” Oz can be seen warning Chapman in an alarming TV clip, acquired by People. “You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now.”
Later, Oz lays down some more hard truths to the 66-year-old bounty hunter.
“Fear of death is normal. I’m surprised you don’t fear death when you’re chasing after convicts,” muses Oz in the clip. “But when you run away from (a) doctor, that means you have to do your own doctoring.”
Chapman, still mourning the death of his wife, Beth, from throat cancer complications, is finally cleaning up his act. He’s reportedly maintaining a healthy diet, trying to quit smoking and taking blood thinners.
Beth and Dog were married for 13 years before her June 26 death.
“(Duane) was fearful,” reveals Dr. Oz. “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.”