Dog the Bounty Hunter star Duane “Dog” Chapman is still reeling from the death of his wife, Beth Chapman, but he’s not alone in his grief.
Since Beth’s death on June 26, Duane has opened up to fans about his wife’s final moments and their 13 years of happy marriage. After getting to know Beth on Dog the Bounty Hunter and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, fans are mourning the loss of Beth right alongside her beloved husband.
Duane previously shared Beth’s final words, which were “I love you guys,” “Are you guys all okay?” and “Don’t worry.”
The day after her death, Duane also uploaded a sweet, never-before-seen video of his wife to Twitter.
“People have asked me.. What is something fans do not know about Beth,” he wrote.
“Here you go.”
The video shows Beth with a microphone in her hand, singing along to “Perm” by Bruno Mars.
Fans poured into the replies with kind words about Beth. That video now has over 8,000 replies.
Beth Chapman was first diagnosed with throat cancer years ago. She finally overcame the illness in 2017, and the couple celebrated. At first, it seemed like she was in the clear.
But sadly, her cancer returned the next year.
Duane and Beth were married for 13 years, and he stuck resolutely by her side through every step of her battle.
The couple remained positive throughout the journey, though it was hard.
“I have cried a lot over this because Beth is my everything,” Duane told the Daily Mail in March 2019.
“Despite all of the obstacles I have overcome, this is by far the biggest test of my life.”
Duane added that he would do “everything I can to keep her here.”
Tragically, cancer took Beth’s life on June 26. Days earlier, she was put into a medically induced coma after experiencing difficulty breathing.
She was 51 years old.
Duane announced Beth’s passing 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.”
He has continued to remain as positive as possible given the circumstances. He told Hawaii News Now that he is cherishing the happy moments that he spent with his late wife — and there were many of them!
“You kind of try to remember that you’re celebrating life, but right now we’re mourning the death, so it’s not good,” he said.
While they did see this day coming, they didn’t know it would happen so quickly.
“For a few years, we knew this day would come,” he said. “It came really unexpected, really fast. All of her clothes, her make-up, everything. We didn’t prepare.”
Duane has continued to stay connected with friends and fans through this difficult time. The day after Beth passed, he shared a new video of her candidly singing along to Bruno Mars.
Fans replied with thousands of comments of condolences.
“God bless, Duane. You two have made the world a better place,” one fan wrote. “Rest in Peace, Beth.”
The family couldn’t be more grateful for the outpouring of support. They plan to hold memorial services in both Hawaii and Colorado.
“We want to make sure that people can show their love and support and it actually makes us feel warm and loved by our community to know how much our mother was loved,” daughter Lyssa Chapman said.
They also warned fans to stay away from any donation pages that claim to be collecting money on their behalf.
“We don’t need any money at all. Please, save your money,” Duane told Hawaii News Now. “There’s nothing being authorized from any of us.”
Despite Beth’s health challenges, the couple did continue to film. Their new series, Dog’s Most Wanted, is set to premiere in 2020, and it shows the reality of Beth’s heartbreaking battle with cancer.
It’s a story that all too many people can relate to.
“The cancer gig, of course, we gotta find a cure,” Duane said. “Because all we have now is some get lucky, but most pass away.”
Our hearts go out to the Chapman family!