Beth Chapman, who was partners with Duane "Dog" Chapman both onscreen and off, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 51.
The announcement was made by Dog Wednesday on Twitter, days after a choking emergency led to her being hospitalized and placed in a medically-induced coma. Her advanced lung cancer — stage IV — led to her having difficulty breathing, so her family gathered by her bedside in Honolulu — and requested prayers from fans.
Dog wrote in his tweet announcing her passing, that at 5:32 a.m. local time in Hawaii, Chapman typically would be waking up to hike. Instead, today she “hiked the stairway to heaven… See you on the other side.”
Dog was married to Chapman — his fifth wife — since 2006 and they made quite a pair on their reality series Dog the Bounty Hunter about his life as a bounty hunter and bail bondsman. She ran the bail bonds office and also went bounty hunting with her bruiser husband.
Their show ran from 2004 to 2012 on A&E. Fans liked it not only for their dramatic captures but also for their openness about their private life. They shared their drama related to kids (they have 12 combined), custody battles and exes.
The couple later appeared in their own spin-off, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, that aired on CMT from 2013 to 2015. However, they parted ways with the network for a new show, Dog's Most Wanted, which is set to air on WGN America, in 2020.
In a preview of the upcoming show, Chapman’s cancer battle is a big part of the storyline. She’s seen in her hospital bed and Dog, 66, talked about how the “love of my life” was fighting for her life.