TV personality Beth Chapman, best known for hunting fugitives with her husband Duane "Dog" Chapman on Dog the Bounty Hunter, has sadly passed away at the age of 51. Beth had been battling stage 4 lung cancer and was recently placed into a medically-induced coma, and was ultimately unable to recover.
Previously, Beth had defeated the disease after first getting a diagnosis for throat cancer in 2017, and was initially declared cancer-free. However, the disease later returned and spread to her lungs. In the days leading up to her passing, Duane asked fans for prayers and posted a photo on social media of Beth's hand with freshly-painted nails, stating, "You all know how she is about HER NAILS!!" Following her passing, Duane posted a new message on Twitter confirming the news. "We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side," he writes.
Beth Chapman first met Duane in 1986, unaware he would one day star alongside her on their own television series. A romance would blossom between them by 1990, and five years later, the two had blended their families and business ventures together. In addition to joining Dog on his bounty hunting missions, Beth ran the bail bonds office and often counseled the detainees. Beth and Dog would finally have a wedding on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2006, and the pair celebrated 13 years of marriage together just last month. Of course, the wedding itself came after 16 years of being partners, meaning the couple have been paired together for almost 30 years.
Both Beth and Duane Chapman rose to great fame when the pair's business was given a national platform on the TV series Dog the Bounty Hunter. The reality show first began airing in 2004 on A&E, becoming a big hit for the network. It would ultimately run for eight seasons before getting canceled in 2012, but that wouldn't be the last we would see of the Chapmans on television. The pair were back at it again the next year for the spin-off series Dog and Beth: On the Hunt on CMT, which ran for three seasons and 47 episodes. In 2017, the Chapmans returned to A&E for the TV special Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives, chronicling Beth's brutal battle with cancer.
Following her death, Beth will also be seen posthumously for one final television run with her husband sometime next year. Set to air in 2020 on WGN America, the new series Dog's Most Wanted will feature the pair along with their team of professionals seeking out some of the fugitives on Dog's "bucket list." It's unclear how many episodes of the series were shot or if Beth's passing will be addressed on the show. A new teaser for the series was just released by the network several days ago, declaring "justice is back in business." In the clip, Beth asks Dog, "Are you ready?" followed by her husband barking at her in his own special way.
Beth Chapman spent her entire life as a fighter, and will always be remembered for being the incredibly strong person she was both on and off screen. She will be very much missed, and our thoughts are with the Chapman family during this painful time. There will never again be any more suffering for Beth, and may she rest in peace. This information comes to us from TMZ.
You all know how she is about HER NAILS !! pic.twitter.com/w8iWMYrWZd— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 25, 2019
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 Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019