Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman Under Doctor’s Care After Medical Incident

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September 16, 2019Entertainment
Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman Under Doctor’s Care After Medical Incident
Media personality Duane 'Dog' Chapman is joined by his wife Beth Chapman as he promotes his book "When Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given" at Borders Wall Street in New York City on March 19, 2010. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of WGN America’s “Dog’s Most Wanted,” is being monitored after a medical incident over the weekend, a representative for the TV star tells CNN.

“I can confirm Dog is under doctor’s care and is resting comfortably,” a representative for Chapman said in a statement, following reports he’d experienced a heart-related emergency. “Thank you for all of your well wishes- keep ’em coming.”

When asked to clarify the nature of Chapman’s medical issue, the representative did not immediately respond.

TMZ reported that Chapman, 66, was hospitalized over the weekend. The news outlet cited unnamed sources for the report.

Chapman was taken from his home in Colorado to a local hospital with pain in his chest, the report said, noting that it might have been a heart attack.

Doctors are now performing tests to determine the cause, TMZ reported.

The TMZ report didn’t offer any further details on the diagnosis or treatment.

Dog the bounty hunter and wife Beth
Beth Chapman (L) and Duane Chapman arrive at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena, in Nashville, Tenn., on June 4, 2014. (Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Chapman, meanwhile, has not issued a public comment. At around 1:35 p.m., following the publication of the report, he tweeted a photo with an addiction hotline that he operates. “Addiction shall not win,” it says.

It comes months after his wife, Beth, died after battling cancer for several years. Since then, Chapman has spoken to several entertainment news websites about the heartbreak he’s suffered since her death.

Duane Chapman and wife Beth Chapman.
Duane Chapman and wife Beth Chapman. (Courtesy of WGN America)

In a recent interview, he said that his wife continued to speak about her cancer diagnosis and kept filming their reality TV show until she died.

“She said no, this is my life, and I’m going to show every bit of it. So, she battled it for two years, beat it once, and then it came back very aggressive,” he told Fox News. “And then she decided chemo, she did one treatment, it just about killed her. She couldn’t even move her pinky. So, they said, well, you could get 16 months with chemo or 15 without it. And she said I’ve got to be out there with you and the family. So, she went all the way to the end. The week before she went to heaven, she put a guy in jail.”

Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman
TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on June 5, 2013. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In another interview with Entertainment Tonight, he recalled that Beth simply told him to let go as she was preparing to die in late June.

He told the website: “And I didn’t even make a decision, I almost said, ‘I can’t.’ Before I could say, ‘All right,’ she couldn’t breathe, and I called the ambulance … But every day, she talked as if she was not there. ‘Here’s what to do with this, here’s what to do with that. Don’t keep running your mouth. When they ask you a specific question, just answer that.’”

Chapman became known to television audiences via “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” a reality TV series that aired from 2004-2012. His late wife, Beth Chapman, starred alongside him on both his current and former series until her death in June.

Beth Chapman, 51, died after battling throat cancer.

Beth Chapman in Honolulu. (Mona Wood-Sword/File Photo via AP)

They had been married since 2006 and raised 12 children together, some from prior relationships.

The CNN Wire and Epoch Times reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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