It’s been a heartbreaking few weeks for the Chapman family as they deal with a tremendous loss. Duane “Dog” Chapman, star of A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter, took to Twitter on June 26 to confirm wife Beth Chapman’s tragic death.
Beth had been in a medically induced coma for days after suffering a choking incident while filming their latest series, Dog’s Most Wanted. She was battling stage 4 lung cancer after being in a brief remission from stage 2 throat cancer. Life without their matriarch has certainly been rough for the family. A recent attempt to resume business as usual ended badly for Dog’s oldest son, Leland Chapman.
Dog and Leland were in Adams County, Colorado, pursuing a suspect earlier this week.
The suspect, Edward Morales, was wanted after failing to appear at a court hearing relating to domestic violence charges. The two found and apprehended the suspect, but Leland tore his ACL in the process.
The Chapman family is still reeling from the loss of Beth Chapman. The 51-year-old bounty hunter who rose to fame alongside husband Duane “Dog” Chapman on A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter died on June 26.
Beth was hospitalized on June 23 after she suffered a choking incident during production on her and Dog’s new show, Dog’s Most Wanted. She was suffering from stage 4 lung cancer and had trouble breathing as a result.
Beth’s loved ones gathered around her at Hawaii’s Queen’s Medical Center. She was in a medically induced coma following the choking incident. Sadly, she died three days later. Dog confirmed the news himself via his Twitter account.
In the days since Beth’s death, Dog has opened up about her mindset at the end. He revealed that Beth has been preparing him for her death since she first got her stage 2 throat cancer diagnosis in 2017. She briefly went into remission before receiving the lung cancer diagnosis.
Dog recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight. “For two to three years, she knew this might happen. So she would say, ‘Who is going to sit next to you?’ And I said, ‘No one,'” he explained. “‘Big Daddy, you better not let another girl take my place.’ I said, ‘I won’t.'”
Despite all of Beth’s attempts to prepare Dog, he said nothing could prepare him to lose her. “So, prepared? No, you’re never, ever prepared. You can’t prepare,” he explained. “There is no way. I did not know that this was going to happen that day.”
While Dog and his family have understandably been in mourning, they made an attempt to return to business as usual. Earlier this week, Dog and oldest son Leland Chapman pursued a suspect in Adams County, Colorado. It was the first manhunt since Beth’s death.
The Blast reports that Dog and Leland were in pursuit of Edward Morales. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 24 after he failed to appear at a scheduled court hearing, where he faced charges of domestic violence. He also pleaded guilty to harassment in June.
After locating the suspect, Leland and the team jumped on the man to make the arrest. In the process, Leland tore his ACL. Leland and Dog were able to take the suspect into custody before Leland was transported to the hospital.
The whole incident was caught by cameras for Dog’s Most Wanted, which will air on WGN America. The injury will require surgery, which is reportedly scheduled for next week. Following the surgery, Leland will be sidelined for six weeks while he recovers.
The unfortunate timing of the injury means that Leland will be on crutches on Saturday when the family gathers for Beth’s final send-off. A memorial service is planned in Aurora, Colorado. The event, a celebration of life, will be open to the public.
The Colorado memorial service won’t be the first one thrown in Beth’s honor. A traditional Hawaiian memorial service was held for Beth the weekend after her death. The service was also open to the public and featured mourners releasing loose flowers into the ocean.
The Chapmans are so committed to having everyone get the opportunity to say their goodbyes to Beth that the event will be livestreamed by WGN America for those who are unable to be there in person. Fans can watch the ceremony on WGN’s website or the Dog’s Most Wanted Facebook Page.
Saturday will certainly be a difficult day for the family, but thankfully they have each other to lean on in Beth’s absence. We hope that the final goodbye brings them the healing they need and that Leland makes a speedy recovery from his injury.