Dog the Bounty Hunter hospitalised following medical emergency 8 months ago

Dog the Bounty Hunter hospitalised following medical emergency

He is now in recovery.

Dog the Bounty Hunter has been hospitalised following a medical emergency.

The TV star, real name Duane Chapman, was taken to hospital for treatment over the weekend. The cause of his illness is not yet known.

A representative for Chapman has since confirmed that the 66-year-old is being treated in hospital.

"I can confirm Dog is under doctor's care and is resting comfortably," they said via a statement on Twitter.

"Thank you for all of your well wishes - keep 'em coming."

Chapman's show, Dog the Bounty Hunter, was first broadcast in 2004 on American television channel A&E.

The series spanned multiple spinoffs and specials, with the most recent Dog's Most Wanted set to air this year.

Chapman's ill health comes just a few months after his wife, Beth, passed away following a battle with stage four throat cancer.

She died in hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii surrounded by loved ones.

Chapman shared the news on Twitter himself, saying his wife had "hiked the stairway to heaven."

"It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain," he said. "Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."

It was first reported in September 2017 that Beth had been diagnosed with stage two throat cancer.

She was later declared cancer-free but the disease returned last year.

She vowed to beat it, saying in January; "I'm a fighter, I'm a strong fighter -- big-time survivor -- and I'm gonna fight this as vigorously as it's fighting me."

The couple have 12 children together.