Beth Chapman Dead: ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Star Dies at 51 Following Cancer Battle

Chapman died at a hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Wednesday, June 26, following her two-year battle with throat and lung cancer, Us Weekly confirmed. She was 51.

“It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she’d wake up for a hike to Koko Head Mountain. Only today, she walked up to the stairs to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side,” your husband, the dog, “The Bounty Hunter, ” Chapman, tweeted.

Beth died days after being placed in a medically induced coma. He had fought long and hard against cancer, which eventually took his life. Chapman’s lawyer, Andrew R. Brettler, also confirmed the news Wednesday in a statement: “She was a fighter until the end. We will miss her terribly and send our deepest condolences to Duane, to the families of Chapman and Smith.”

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On June 22, the reality TV star had been placed in an induced coma, and her husband “humbly” asked, “everyone to pray for Beth.” She had previously been hospitalized in April with severe breathing problems.

In September 2017, Beth was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer. Two months later, she revealed she was cancer-free. However, the disease returned in November 2018 and Us Weekly confirmed the following month that cancer had spread to her lungs and chemotherapy began.

Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth Chapman through the years
Beth starred in the reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter from 2003 to 2012, starring alongside her husband.

They had been filming their new WGN series, Dog’s Most Wanted, amid their health problems and a trailer for the show showed Dog kissing his wife while lying on a hospital bed.

Beth Chapman at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The Chapmans had been married for nearly 13 years and shared two children together, along with 10 children from previous marriages.

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The dog opened us in December 2018 about Beth’s battle with cancer. “I don’t hear the bad news. I don’t want to hear it. … I pray a lot, anywhere. I cry all the time,” Dog told us at the time. “I’m a sinner. I pray a lot I’ve done double that. I constantly ask God to heal my honey and make sure He takes care of it. I’ve been telling you I’m going to try to quit and curse. I’m a negotiator, and I’ll do anything.”

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