DOG The Bounty Hunter has said he believes a “broken heart” triggered his health “emergency” three months on from his wife’s death.
The TV star, 66, was taken to a hospital in Colorado, US, on Monday after he suffered from chest pains.
He has been left devastated by the death of his wife, Beth Chapman, this summer and recently admitted his life has fallen apart since.
“I think, basically, I had a broken heart. And of course, it’s going to heal,” he told FOX31.
“It feels much better now. And I’m going through some psychological things right now too, so that doesn’t help.”
He was hospitalised with a heart “emergency” earlier this week, with Dog saying it felt as though he had just ran a three or four-mile run.
The TV personality said he’s unsure exactly what caused the episode, but he has more tests today.
“There’s something haywire or it’s psychologically. I don’t know,” Chapman said.
“I guess things happen like that. I’ve never… I don’t do drugs.”
Medics are understood to be monitoring the star and are assessing whether he will need surgery.
His wife Beth died in June this year after an 18-month battle with throat cancer.
Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, opened up about his heartbreak on US TV show People Now last month.
He told of how the couple’s children were coping with the loss, and said he feared the family “will fall apart”.
Shattered Duane said: “Each one copes differently, there is a few that really barely making it.
“We don’t know what to do. We haven’t read, we weren’t prepared.”
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Amid his troubles, Duane was also recently targeted in a scam that eyes up wealthy celebs.
The scam began when the 66-year-old’s literary agent, Alan Nevis, received an email claiming to be from the office of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the deputy PM of the UAE.
In the message Sheikh Mansour, who also owns Premier League champions Man City, appeared to be offering Dog £400,000 to give a speech at an convention for small business owners on August 31.
However, they were quick to sniff out the event was bogus and in what cops have described as a new version of the “Nigerian Prince” email of the early 2000s.
Last month, thugs ransacked Duane’s store in Colorado and made off with “thousands of dollars” and hunting gear which belonged to his beloved wife.
Dog posted about the break-in on Twitter and offered a “cash reward” for information relating to the robbery.
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He wrote: “The Bible says it is an unforgivable sin to steal from the dead.
Beth was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer in November 2017.
Despite having a successful surgery, doctors told her the cancer had returned and she started chemotherapy in December last year.
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