Duane Chapman who appeared on The Dr. Oz Show spoke about his health condition and life after his wife's death.
It has been a steep, uphill climb for Duane Chapman in his journey of coping with his wife, Beth Chapman's death. Though it has been two months since she lost her battle to cancer, Duane is still struggling to accept his life without her. Recently, the reality star opened up about her very last words, which she said only to him, during his interview on The Dr. Oz Show. Chapman also spoke about the promise he made to his late wife, according to People.
"My parrot died about two months before Beth left me, and I was crying. And she said, ‘Why are you crying? It’s a bird!’ I said, ”Cause I loved him!’ She said, ‘Big Daddy, you’re gonna be so sad when I die, but it’s gonna be okay,'" recalled Duane in an exclusive episode of The Dr. Oz Show.
“She said, ‘The bible says time heals all wounds’ — and I looked and it’s not in there — and she said, ‘With time, it’ll get better, but don’t you ever take my name off your chest!'” Duane who has her name tattooed on his pectoral muscle promised his wife he would never take her name off from his chest.
Speaking to Dr. Oz, the reality star also confirmed he was suffering from a pulmonary embolism, a life-threatening condition. Dr. Oz called Duane a "ticking time bomb," and advised him to take the necessary medications. "You’re a ticking time bomb. You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now. Fear of death is normal. I’m surprised you don’t fear death when you’re chasing after convicts. But when you run away from the doctor, that means you have to do your own doctoring," said the TV host who visited Duane at his home in Denver.
The TV host motivated the reality star and asked him what Beth would have said if she knew he was denying medications. “‘What would she say to you? I don’t think she’d be happy with what you’re doing. You’re throwing away your life, you’re throwing away your ability to parent your kids. You have to man up.’ That’s what she would say."
The talk show later told People that Duane was fearful and missed his greatest support. “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.”
Beth's departure has changed Duane's life. On various occasions, he has spoken of his lost wife and her last days with him and the family.
A month after Beth passed away, the 66-year-old star revealed that Beth spent her final moments ensuring her family's wellness. "When she had an attack I didn’t know anything to do but to say ‘in Jesus’ name’ and hold her and when I said ‘in Jesus’ name’ she said, ‘Say it again, say it more.' And then she told the girls and everybody, with her mouth — she came out of it a couple of times — ‘I love you’ and ‘Are you guys all okay? Don’t worry,’ but she never accepted it," said Duane recalling the events that led to her death.
He even told the media how Beth prepared him for her death every day realizing he had to live a life without her presence. Moments before passing away, she asked her husband to simply let her go.
“The last few moments, she said, ‘Come in here right now, in the bathroom,'” he recounted. “I went in and she said, ‘Look at me.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, you’re freaking beautiful baby.’ [And she said,] ‘Look at me, Duane Chapman.’ And I did, I always saw Beth and she said, ‘Please, let me go,'” recalled Duane.
Finally, Duane decided to make healthy choices that would help him speed up the recovery process. Talking to People after the interview on the show, he said, "I hesitated for a minute thinking, I don’t want to have to go through this again. I don’t want to die right now. I’m not afraid to die anymore, but I really didn’t care for awhile if something would happen. I do care now."