Over the weekend, Duane “Dog” Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter fame was hospitalized in Colorado after experiencing chest pains. While initial reports theorized that he may have had a heart attack, TMZ later reported that Dog’s chest pains were “stress and blood pressure-related.”
Anyone who is a fan of Dog’s knows he has been under a load of stress in recent months. The biggest stressor in his life being the death of his wife, Beth, who passed away in June following a years-long battle with throat cancer.
More stressors piled on after Beth’s death. Dog’s son Leland was injured during a bounty hunt and hospitalized, the Chapman family store in Colorado was robbed, and Dog was the target of a $400,000 scam, which he luckily didn’t fall for.
To top it all off, Dog has been busy promoting his new show, Dog’s Most Wanted, which airs on WGN America.
With all that in mind, it’s easy to understand why Dog has been under a lot of stress, and how that stress led to his recent health scare. Thankfully, he was released from the hospital and is now resting at home, as his rep confirmed on Tuesday (September 17).
Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Chapman Is ‘Back at Home’ After Hospitalization, Rep Says –
— effinfun (@effinfun) September 17, 2019
While Dog did retweet some articles about his return home from the hospital, he did not address his health scare until Wednesday night (September 18).
Dog granted his first post-hospital interview to Colorado news stations FOX31 and Channel 2. He told the outlets he has no clue what caused the health scare, though he does believe a “broken heart” over Beth’s death may have something to do with it.
“And I’m going through some psychological things right now too, so that doesn’t help,” he said said. “I think, basically, I had a broken heart.”
Dog recalled the terrifying moment he realized something was wrong. He told the publications that he suddenly felt out of breath, as if he had just finished a long run.
“I couldn’t breathe. It was like I had ran a 3- or 4-mile run,” he said.
Thankfully, Dog says he feels “much better now,” and the pain has lessened over the past few days.
Dog will undergo more tests on Thursday (September 19) and Friday (September 20). In the meantime, three of his children are in Colorado to help him with his recovery.
You can watch Dog’s first interview since returning from the hospital in the video below.
We’ll be praying for Dog’s continued recovery and return to good health.