‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Star Beth Chapman Dies at 51: Report

By Tiffany Meier

Beth Chapman, wife of reality TV star “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” has died, according to Duane “Dog” Chapman. She was 51.

“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 Chapman wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, June 26.

Beth Chapman was hospitalized over the weekend after she started experiencing choking and difficulty breathing and was placed into a medically-induced coma over the weekend.

She was previously diagnosed with lung cancer, according to the report.

Beth Chapman was first diagnosed with throat cancer in Sept. 2017. Two months later, she underwent successful emergency surgery to remove a tumor in her throat. However, in late 2018, doctors informed her that her cancer had returned.

“Another bend in the Road yet not the End of the Road,” she posted on Instagram at the time.

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Following Beth’s emergency room visit, husband Duane Chapman gave an update to Us Weekly.

“They got most of the throat cancer out,” he told the outlet at the time. “Her airway is clear now, but the doctors are afraid that it has spread. They are doing a biopsy scan to check if it has spread. I told them I need to know right away and they’re going to get me the results by tomorrow. Hopefully it hasn’t spread. Last time it didn’t spread at all, so we’re hoping the same thing.”

Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Chapman films a segment of his television show outside of a news conference
Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Chapman films a segment of his television show outside of a news conference in New York, on June 28, 2015. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

In May, Beth issued a statement for the first time about her fight with cancer.

“Fighting cancer is the toughest battle I’ve ever been in,” the 51-year-old said, according to Page Six. “But my faith in God and the love of my family is helping me through.”

On Mother’s Day, she told People magazine that her cancer diagnosis has been “the ultimate test of faith.”

“I don’t go to God and go, ‘Why did I get cancer?'” she said. “He’ll roll his eyes at me again, because I know why—because this is the ultimate test of faith. It is the evidence of things hoped for and it is the substance of things not known.”

"Dog the Bounty Hunter" stars Beth Chapman and Duane "Dog" Chapman
TV personality Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman (R) and his wife Beth Chapman arrive at Comedy Central’s “Roast of Charlie Sheen” held at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, California, on Sept. 10, 2011. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Duane told People magazine about their marriage, “When we made a pledge many years ago, I said I’d love her in sickness and in health until death do us part,” he said.

“And that truth has really, really come alive in my mind. And I have to stand on that: I gave her an oath that I would love her forever. And thank God it’s not till death do us part at this point,” he added.

Duane "Dog" Chapman and Beth Chapman
Bounty Hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman at the Writers Guild in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sept. 16, 2003. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)