Beth Chapman has died following a lengthy battle with cancer.
The wife of Dog The Bounty Hunter was put into a medically induced coma after encountering breathing problems but never woke up, and Dog, whose actual name is Duane Chapman was by his wife’s bedside urging supporters to keep her in their prayers.
But on Wednesday he took to Twitter to announce that Beth had sadly passed away as he gave a moving statement about his wife of 13 years.
Dog wrote: “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.”
Beth shot to fame alongside her husband in early 2000 and who almost appeared in Celebrity Big Brother UK, and had been sharing her journey with supporters, including trying CBD oil to help with her pain.
The proud great-grandma, whose real name is Alice Elizabeth, was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in 2017 but was cancer free by December of that year, but the cancer resurfaced last year and Beth underwent vigorous chemotherapy to treat it.
In January Dog The Bounty Hunter shared the crushing news that Beth’s cancer was incurable, and talked of his sad news that the cancer had spread to Beth’s lungs but stated she was determined to fight every step of the way, and Dog said that he had to keep his faith because he was the leader of the family.
Over the last few months, Beth had posted regular photos of her spending time with her family, with the most recent and adorable image of her husband, their son, grandson and their first great-grandson celebrating Father’s Day.
Beth was placed in a medically-induced coma in Hawaii with sources claiming she was having trouble breathing. Her family raced to be by her bedside, and on Monday, Dog tweeted a snap of Beth’s hand from her hospital bed.
Beth and Dog first met in the 1990s and dated on and off for years before getting married in 2006.
They shot to fame in 2004 appearing on US reality series Dog The Bounty Hunter before landing spin-off show Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.
They share two children together Bonnie and Garry and Dog has several other children from past relationships.
Beth Chapman’s daughter Bonnie gave a heartfelt tribute to her mum after it was announced she has died at the age of 51.
Twenty-year-old Bonnie, who is understood to have been by Beth’s side in her last days, took to social media to share her loss along with her father Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Chapman.’ Retweeting her father’s earlier message, Bonnie wrote: “love you forever mom. You’ve got a halo now.”
Opening up in his first public appearance since Beth’s death, Dog, real name Duane Chapman, told reporters: “One of the last things she said [was] ‘It’s a test of my faith’. She had faith and that was it.
“There’s steps you go through when you’re dying. Well, the last step when you’re dying is to accept it, and she said to me the other day, ‘Honey, that last step, I ain’t taking it.’ So go Bethy.”
“She came out of it a few times – ‘I love you,’ and ‘Are you guys all OK? Don’t worry’,” he told the media before breaking down in tears.
“She never accepted it. This is totally unbelievable.”
“She was a control person – and so not from the grave but from heaven I’m sure, she’s still controlling me,” Duane continued. “I got notes in my pillowcase, on my sink, in my shaving things, you know – she’s still telling me what to wear! I love her so much.”
And pertaining to the Biblical story of Lazarus, Dog said: “Beth isn’t dead, she’s sleeping.”
He added: “It’s incredible when you walk alone into the bedroom and she was just there two days ago. I hope to god there’s a god. I have tried to be a godly [man] – I hope I’m not just talking to myself. If there is a god, I’m going to see my honey again. And that’s all we can do: hope.”
Beth Chapman, the former star of A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter and Duane “Dog” Chapman’s wife, endured her fair share of ups and downs during the years.
It all began when Beth met ex-convict Duane in 1988, while he was still married to his third wife, but after pursuing the notorious bounty hunter for years, the two eventually got together in 1995.
But their dramatic start as lovers hit a sad note when Duane’s 23-year-old daughter, Barbara Katie Chapman, died in a car accident the night before their May 20th, 2006 wedding, and even though the two did their best to pick up the pieces following Barbara’s passing, they faced even more sadness together, including an upsetting custody battle involving one of their grandchildren.
Beth’s painful story, however, took a life-threatening turn in September 2017 after she was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer. Sadly, that wouldn’t be the last hurdle she had to overcome.
Beth then made the decision in December 2018 to return to her home state of Colorado, a place near and dear to her heart. “They say the cancer follows the path of least resistance, so it goes downward.
Half of her lung was full of water, but after she was made more comfortable and she could breathe she really wanted to go back to Colorado, a place that she held dear, and supporters of Beth Chapman knew that describing her as tough was an understatement, so it wasn’t any wonder that she didn’t take her cancer diagnosis laying down. In fact, she tried to stay involved in their bounty hunting business, which included the filming of a new reality series, Beth also actively dictated the terms of her treatment.
Beth would not take anything the doctors wanted to give her, so she took over the counter pain meds, she would not take anything prescription.
The reality star allegedly also explored alternative cancer therapies, including cannabis-based CBD and THC treatments, which she promoted in a February 2019 Instagram post. “We need to all be far more open-minded to new treatments,” she wrote, adding, “We no longer need to poison patients to get them well. #cancersucks”
Despite her possible interest and/or pursuit of alternative cancer therapies, Beth Chapman apparently took her doctors’ advice to undergo a series of chemotherapy treatments.
The treatments were going well, but they unquestionably took their toll on her, and the outlook wasn’t great, even though Beth was a strong woman. However, by May 2019, Beth, apparently alluded to having ended chemotherapy treatments, saying that chemotherapy was not her bag.
Amid Beth’s cancer battle, she filmed a special for A&E titled, Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives, and at one point during the program, Beth asked Duane’s daughter, Lyssa, to spend time with her in Los Angeles while she recovered from a surgery to remove a tumour from her throat.
After Lyssa said she couldn’t make it, Beth confided to her eldest daughter, Cecily, “A family member was in need and some true colours came through.” Ouch.
What probably made things more stressful for Beth? Lyssa took to Instagram to vent about the family matter after getting some backlash from fans. Citing a “move” and “house and dog sitting” responsibilities.
Lyssa sounded off in the comments section of her November 2017 post. Duane’s daughter further complained that Duane and Beth apparently paid for Lyssa’s brother Leland to come and visit. “[Leland] only has to worry about his ‘wannabe wife’ I stand by my decision to stay with my family,” Lyssa added. “And not let the cancer eat away at my home as well.”
Beth also suffered a personal blow in March 2017, when she was robbed while staying at the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles, where Beth and Duane had put more than $5,000 in their hotel safe, only to find it missing when they returned.
Even though robberies do happen from time to time, this incident was especially upsetting because law enforcement said there was “no sign of forced entry,” which inspired the tabloids to speculate that authorities thought the heist “might be an inside job.”
The theory is particularly compelling when you consider that the couple’s jewellery and luggage weren’t stolen, a fact that appears to imply that the perpetrator was after something specific, and it’s unclear if the authorities ever identified any suspects in the case, or whether the couple had any notions about who carried out the burglary, either way, it must have been rather unnerving for them to have had their personal property taken.
Beth’s life took a particularly scary turn in May 2012, after she and her family received death threats through an email from an unknown perpetrator. The emails were extremely explicit in nature, discussing rape, torture, and murder against the Chapmans. “I’m going to murder you. I’m going to come to Hawaii and murder you and your family in cold blood,” one email to Duane read.
What was even more serious was that several messages alluded to the couple’s then young children. “Your children looked nice today,” one particularly sinister note read.
Another talked about “massacring” the Chapman family, with the author discussing his plan to “watch [their] children bleed.”
This was particularly disturbing, and Beth, who wasn’t typically frightened by threats given her bounty hunter background, revealed during an interview that it sent a chill down her spine.
Beth and Duane Chapman then handed over the terrifying emails to the FBI because the Chapman’s were taking the threats very seriously, and were very concerned about the safety of their family, and Duane Chapman said that when the person responsible was found, he would prosecute to the full extent of the law for the fulminations made against his family.
Beth also had a soft side, which is why she was heartbroken when hearing that one of Daune’s stepchildren, then 35-year-old Nicole Gillespie was detained for suspicion of second-degree robbery in 2015, and the couple’s grief was compounded by the fact that they heard about the news through Crime Stoppers, a programme that gives the public the chance to provide crime-solving support to law enforcement.
Following news of Gillespie’s arrest, Beth and Duane delivered a collective statement expressing their mutual disappointment. “It’s always difficult and disheartening when someone you knew as a child, grows up and chooses a life of crime.”
And although Beth wasn’t related to Gillespie, an arrest in your family tree is never a great situation.
Beth and Duane bounced around their feelings for one another long after their fateful encounter in 1988. Beth was the other woman through three wives, but once the two eventually got their act together in 1995, they enjoyed a period of happiness and the birth of their children, Bonnie and Garry.
Things were so good between the pair, and they got hitched at the Hilton hotel on Waikoloa Village in Hawaii, but one day before their May 20th, 2006 wedding, Duane’s daughter from a past relationship, 23-year-old Barbara Katie Chapman, died in a car accident.
Barbara and the car’s driver, Scott Standefer II, died when their stolen SUV smashed into an embankment near Fairbanks, Alaska.
There was no clue as to why they left the roadway, and there were certainly no skid marks on the road, they just went off the road, hit an embankment and launched, but Barbara had gotten herself into a terrible mess, yet she was working so arduously to put her life back together, and despite the unfortunate circumstances, Beth and Duane continued with the ceremony.
Imagine losing a loved one in a car accident, only to encounter another vehicular-related accident years later.
Sadly, this exact scenario happened to Beth when her step-daughter, Lyssa Chapman, was involved in a serious car accident in Honolulu, Hawaii. The accident happened in September 2014, only eight years after Duane lost his daughter, Barbara Katie Chapman, to a car accident in May 2006.
Beth confirmed the sad news, telling that Lyssa and all the kids were in the car. Lyssa was driving with Beth’s granddaughters, then 12-year-old Abbie and 5-year-old Madalynn.
A picture of the scene showed a deployed airbag and debris from the car spread across the road, a terrifying image considering small children were involved in the incident.
Beth further shared a video to Facebook of emergency crews arriving on the scene, while commenting: “Lucky they are walking away.”
After Barbara Katie Chapman’s unfortunate passing in May 2006, her young son went to live with his biological father, Travis Mimms, but Duane and Beth intervened in the boy’s life after hearing an October 2011 audio recording of Travis Mimms supposedly physically abusing the then 9-year-old.
In the recording made by a neighbour, Duane and Beth’s grandson is told to bend over, a request that was supposedly followed with 13 slaps, and a cry of “no more”.
Mimms’ attorney, Jason Lewis, denied any wrongdoing on his client’s behalf. “It wasn’t bare skin and it was through his clothing and it was 3 to 5 hits on his rear,” he explained, but Beth and Duane, nevertheless, they saw the situation differently, and to hear an audiotape of their grandson being abused, they believed that was torture.
Following a tense custody battle, the couple was given interim custody of the boy, and although Beth wasn’t the biological grandmother of Barbara’s son, it must have been a difficult situation that pulled on her heartstrings.
Before Beth found love with Duane, she was married to a man named Keith A. Barmore. The exes shared a daughter together named Cecily, who was born in June 1993, two years following their 1991 wedding, and even though Beth never really said much about Barmore throughout the years, she might have exposed a troubling accusation about his life via Twitter in August 2015.
“Sorry my first husband was a heroin addict & I know all about it!” she tweeted to a fan. “It’s not a disease it’s an addiction! #ilivedit”
While Beth didn’t mention Barmore specifically, there was no other “first husband” that we know of, and making matters even more compelling, Duane was childhood friends with Barmore, and spoke about his pal’s addiction in his book, “You Can Run But You Can’t Hide.”
“He was a thief with a heroin habit,” Duane wrote. “He would drink a beer just to even out from the drugs. It just about broke my heart when I heard Beth was dating him. When I heard they got married, I got physically sick. … Friends told me he was abusing her something awful.”
Losing a parent is never easy, particularly if you’re especially close to them, and someone who knew this all too well was Beth, who lost her beloved dad, Garry Smith, in March 2006 at age 68.
Garry Smith’s death happened only two months before Beth and Duane’s wedding in Hawaii, so her dad didn’t have the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle.
As for how close the two were? In Garry Smith’s later years, he served as a bail bondsman beside Duane and Beth, sometimes making appearances on Dog the Bounty Hunter. Beth also named her youngest son after her father.
Beth used to do everything with her dad, giving him the title of “best friend”, and to her he was her garage sale buddy, her burger joint partner, ice cream eater, green chilli maker and her best friend, but mostly he was her father, and it was plain to see that she truly loved her dad, and profoundly loved her family.