As expected, the sad news about Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife Beth Chapman just got sadder. Beth has died at the age of 51 after being placed in a medically-induced coma earlier this week.
TMZ says that Beth died today in a Honolulu hospital after succumbing to stage II throat cancer. Beth was diagnosed back in September 2017, the cancer was removed, then returned in 2018. In May she decided to stop chemo. The Blast says she was surrounded by family when she passed. Dog confirmed the news this morning on Twitter.
It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019
She’s survived by her husband of 13 years (and partner of 32) Duane “Dog” Chapman, her four children Dominic, Cecily, Bonnie, and Garry, numerous step-children, several grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She shared her cancer journey in a 2017 A&E series called Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives. She and Dog were working on a new show for WGN America called Dog’s Most Wanted, which was about Dog bounty hunting while Beth fought cancer. It’s unclear if it will go on without Beth.
Beth’s story is more than simply just being Dog’s fifth wife and right-hand lady in criminal catching. TMZ notes that she was the youngest licensed bail bondsman in Colorado at 29 (a record broken only by her stepdaughter Lyssa Chapman at 19). After working in Colorado for years with Dog, A&E gave them a reality show called Dog the Bounty Hunter, which was a runaway – no pun intended – hit (even when Dog said the n-word and got the show put on hiatus for a bit).
Beth was Beth right up until the end, as shown in this picture of her crystal-studded nails that Dog tweeted two days before she died.
You all know how she is about HER NAILS !! pic.twitter.com/w8iWMYrWZd
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 25, 2019
I can practically hear the clickety-clack sound of her nails tapping on the gates to Heaven. I can also hear an angel whisper, “Beth Chapman is at the front door. Nobody is on the run up here, are they?” Rest in peace, Beth.