Dog the Bounty Hunter says coronavirus was predicted in the Bible and world needs to come together in prayer to beat it
DOG The Bounty Hunter says that coronavirus crisis gripping the world was predicted in the Bible and the world needs to come together and pray in order to beat it.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the reality star, 67, called on people of all religions to come together and pray for one hour.
Dog – real name Duane Chapman – said that as well as staying in to protect others, people needed to "band together in prayer".
"I don't want to sound like a Jesus freak but it is in the Bible, it says it's coming: pestilence, diseases, famine in the land of plenty and what the Bible says about how we get out of it is that we need to all band together in prayer," he said.
"And no matter what religion you are from Muslim to Hare Krishna, Pentecostal to Baptist – we all worship one God.
"And if we all come together and make an hour of prayer across the world – it would be so powerful.
"I think that would work to beat this thing – that's what the whole world needs right now."
Dog's pleas for prayers were made as the US continues to battle the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 1,050 Americans and infected more than 62,000 others.
States around the country continue to enforce strict social distancing rule to curb the spread of COVID-19, especially in places like New York – the epicenter of the pandemic – where 285 people have died.
The crisis continues to grip the city, and medical experts are warning people that the virus is attacking people of all ages – not just the elderly, as many initially thought.
Dog just broke his silence about his new love Francie Frane, a widow from Colorado, who he has been dating for a few months.
Calling his new woman "a miracle" Dog said they shared "a very real love" and he planned to marry her.
"There will never be another Mrs. Dog but it looks like there will be a final Mrs. Chapman," he said.
Dog and Francie started talking on the phone after the bounty hunter called Bob to do some work on his property in Colorado – without realizing he had sadly passed away, also from cancer, several months before his late wife Beth died in June.
The new couple have been helping each other cope with the grief – and remain very respectful of each other's spouses "in Heaven", Dog said.
Dog said: "I know that when I start to feel bad about Beth and it's overwhelming, Francie seems to show up and that helps the kids.
"And I feel that Beth expects her to show up to take care of me. And Bob, Francie's husband in Heaven, expects me to be a man and a gentleman and so I am.
"It's a very real love that we are developing with each other.
"Both of us are allowed to talk about our spouses that are in Heaven – it's not like we're afraid to mention it or anything like that.
"We console each other but we also know that we have a responsibility and that is to do this right.
"There are a lot of people watching us."
Dog's family have also given the relationship their approval – with daughter Lyssa Chapman – who spoke out publicly against her dad's ex Moon Angell – saying she believes Beth sent Francie down for Dog.
"They are both so happy together and they are good for each other," she told The Sun.
"Francie has been very respectful to all the kids – and to Beth's memory – and my dad is the same way with Bob and their children.
"They go to church three times a week and dad is trying to give up smoking – she is a good woman for my dad.
"He's the happiest I've seen him in a long time – he's so in love and wants to spend the rest of his life with Francie.
"They are both lost their spouses to cancer so they know what it's like to go through that and they are helping each other through it.
"But at the same time they are being very respectful of each other's grieving process and they're not trying to replace each other's partner.
"Beth would approve – I honestly believe that Beth sent Francie for my dad – I feel like Beth and Bob are up there watching down over them."
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