Dog The Bounty Hunter admits he thought he was 'almost dying' from a terrifying Covid scare after feeling ill
DOG The Bounty Hunter admitted he thought he was "almost dying" from a terrifying Covid-19 scare after feeling ill.
The TV star was supposed to sit down with Dr. Oz a few days prior but had to reschedule as he was on bedrest.
The 68-year-old, whose real name is Duane Chapman, talked to the health expert on Monday to reveal his most recent scare.
Dr. Mehmet Oz brought up the subject, asking: "Dog, you were supposed to sit down with us a couple of days ago. You got seriously ill, you worried me a lot. What was going on? Do you think you had Covid?”
Duane, who was tuning in from his home, told him: "I didn't have Covid, but I sure felt like it because I had this, I couldn't even get out of bed.
"I think anybody right now in America that gets a bad cold or a little bit of a flu, the Covid alarm goes off in your mind, fear, 'Oh, no. I'm over 60, am I going to make it?'
"I thought, here we go, COVID versus a dog, here we go but I didn't have it so thank the Lord."
However, Dog wasn't completely sure he didn't have Covid as he revealed that he "couldn't go" get tested when it hit him.
He said: "Well, no, this is the second day I felt good, but at the time it hit me, I couldn't go. I thought I was almost dying. I was like, just saying my last prayers."
A few days ago, Dog celebrated his 68th birthday alongside fiance Francie Frane, who gushed over him on social media.
Alongside a snap of Dog smiling, Francie wrote: "Happy Birthday My Darling, I’m so blessed to be sharing this day to celebrate the amazing, loving, kind, sweet man You are !!"
She concluded the note by writing: "I Love You Always."
Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, became engaged to Francie in May 2020.
The couple, who will appear together on Dog's new reality show Dog Unleashed, are expecting a large showing for their upcoming wedding.
Dog may even share it with his followers as he exclusively told The Sun said at the time: "I've had so many fans ask 'When you marry Francie, are you going to let your fans come?
"So we're word negotiating right now because I want to open it up. I would love to have the biggest wedding there's ever been…"
Following the romantic proposal, Francie told us: "I wasn't expecting it at all.
"I think I had gone to pick up some food and then when I came back he had all the lights turned down with just a few lights on and a bunch of candles lit.
"So when I came in I was like, 'Wow, this is awesome'. Then he said, 'Come in, sit down because I need to talk to you'.
"So I put all the food in the kitchen and I came in and he said, 'I know that God brought you into my life and I don't want to spend one moment of it without you.'"
Tearing up as she recalled the special moment, Francie added: "And he got down on one knee and he opened the ring box and he said, 'Will you marry me and spend the rest of our lives together?'
"Who can say no to that? It was wonderful."
The TV personality was previously married to his late wife, Beth Chapman, who sadly passed away in 2019 after a battle with throat cancer.
They share son Garry, 20, and daughter Bonnie, 22 – Dog has 12 children in total.
Duane isn't the only one getting ready to walk down the aisle as his daughter, Cecily, recently revealed to The Sun that she and her fiance, Matt, have set a date for their wedding.
Cecily announced she is planning to have a Christmas wedding on the beach in Hawaii – and is hoping she and Matty will be married by the same pastor who married her parents, Dog and Beth Chapman.
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