Dog the Bounty Hunter Reveals He’s Interested in Dating After Beth Chapman’s Death | 22 Words

It was sadly announced in June this year that Dog the Bounty Hunter's wife, Beth Chapman, passed away at the age of fifty-one.

Beth, who was most well known for her marriage to Dog the Bounty Hunter, had been battling throat and lung cancer after been diagnosed in September 2017. Despite being informed in the past that she was cancer-free, the illness came back and subjected her to an operation and numerous rounds of brutal treatment.

Beth was surrounded by her family and friends until the very end of this heartbreaking turn of events.

Now, only a few short months later, Dog opens up about dating after Beth...

Alice Elizabeth "Beth" Barmore was an iconic part of Dog the Bounty Hunter.

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Alice, who liked to be known as Beth, became Colorado's youngest bail bondsman at the age of twenty-nine before she met Duane Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Beth spent her childhood in Colorado before moving to Hawaii.

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She moved to Hawaii in 1989 and had an array of careers before settling on television. In the past, Beth worked as a gymnast, a waitress, and a nightclub singer before becoming a bounty hunter and bail bondsman.

Beth first met Dog in 1986.

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She was only nineteen years old and Dog was already married, but this didn't stop the pair from striking up an on-off relationship. They went their separate ways when Beth married her first husband, Keith Barmore, although the marriage ended in divorce.

They reunited in 1995.

With the pair both being divorced, they began seeing each other again in 1995 and were eventually married in 2006. The couple had two children together, Bonnie and Garry, and Beth had a daughter, Cecily, from her first marriage.

Dog the Bounty Hunter.

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The TV show, Dog the Bounty Hunter, is based on the life and experiences of Duane, who bounty hunts for a living. The pair partnered up to work together shortly after rekindling their relationship, and Beth began starring alongside him as his show grew in popularity. They also created a spin-off show: Dog & Beth: On The Hunt.

They put in some pretty hard work.

Beth and Dog were said to have tracked down over 6,000 criminals and made over $4 million in bonds that they've won as a consequence of catching them.

The couple well and truly made a name for themselves.

Beth and Dog very quickly became recognized as the brash and outrageously hilarious couple that they have been till the very end. Their constant bickering and disagreeing on the show was entertainment gold, and a lot of married couples felt like they could relate to the relationship that they shared.

But Beth announced some tragic news in September 2017.

She had been diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer. Despite being told that she was free of the disease only 3 months later, the cancer returned in 2018. This lead to Beth having to endure an emergency operation to remove a mass on her throat.

The heartbreaking realization...

Despite the operation being a success in removing the mass from Beth's throat, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to both her throat and her lungs and that it was, unfortunately, incurable.

Beth wanted to "spend her last days on the hunt."

Somehow, the family managed to come to terms with this tragedy, and Beth wanted nothing more than to spend her last days doing what she did best on America's Most Wanted. According to Metro, speaking to The Daily Mail in March, Dog said, "My baby has cancer and she is fighting like hell. I've cried a lot over this because is my everything."

Beth was put into a medically induced coma.

After resting at home in recovery from further treatment, Beth was taken to Queen's Medical Centre in Hawaii after having difficulty breathing. According to reports, she began fighting against the help of doctors and it was understood that she was attempting to remove the tubes that were in place to feed her medication and fluids.

She "wasn't reacting well" when she arrived at the ER.

Beth had to be given oxygen in order to breathe when she arrived at the ER. According to TMZ, medics first put her under mild sedation but she quickly fell into a full medically-induced coma.

Praying for a miracle...

Despite the tragic news that the cancer was incurable, Beth and her family refused to give up hope. A worldwide surge of support was sent their way and Dog begged his followers via Twitter to keep praying for Beth's recovery.

Her family was with her the entire time.

On June 25th, Dog tweeted this photograph of Beth's hand saying, "You know she is all about her nails!" This brought on a huge surge of love and admiration, alongside Dog and Beth's fanbase sending their thoughts and prayers.

She passed away at home in Hawaii at 5am.

Dog broke the devastating news via Twitter, announcing the passing of his wife.

"She hiked the stairway to heaven"...

Dog's emotional announcement has already captured the hearts of the world, with millions of messages of condolence and support being sent to the family. According to Metro, the family sends out their sincere thanks to everyone for their prayers throughout Beth's battle with cancer.

The world lost an amazing person that day.

Duane has now made a public statement regarding his tragic loss, while tributes are pouring out for the late reality star.

Tributes rolled in.

One truly moving one came from Beth's youngest daughter, Bonnie, who wrote that she was "thankful" to get her mom's "beautiful smile."

Earlier, she'd shared something even more moving.

Bonnie posted an image of her holding hands with her dying mother (recognizable by her signature statement nails), with the simple caption: "Love you."

Tributes came from outside the family, too.

Country music star, Crystal Gayle, spoke highly of Chapman, calling her a "friend," and promising that "we will miss you."

There were professional tributes, too.

WGN, the network that hosted Duane and Beth's wide range of popular shows, spoke in her memory, calling Chapman an "exceptional woman."

Some of the tributes were a little surprising.

One that was rather unexpected came from Judge Jeanine Pirro, who called Chapman "a good lady and a great American."

The media also paid homage.

Many of the largest publications have created extensive tributes to Chapman and her fascinating life, alongside her love story with Duane.

Some tweets gave us a more personal insight into Beth.

Gossip writer, Perez Hilton, shared cute and emotional text exchanges between Chapman and himself.

And that's not all.

Amazingly, the American Bail Coalition also paid homage to the late star, calling Chapman a "titan of the bail industry."

The tributes weren't just online, either.

CBS journalist, Jim Brenneman, showed how fans had responded to the tragic passing in real life.

And it seemed that Bonnie was pleased about this.

She shared an image from outside the home of Duane and Beth, encouraging fans to pay their tributes there.

Duane has spoke out.

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He was spotted outside the home that he had shared with Beth in Hawaii and broke down in tears as he spoke to reporters about his loss.

After the family returned home, they left an homage on their drive.

Bonnie shared an image of Beth's beloved Mercedes covered in flowers, which they had parked out of the view of reporters to honor her memory.

Duane was visibly upset.

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Before he spoke to reporters to give his statement to press, he was seen pacing and looking both stressed and sad whilst chatting on the phone.

But what he shared about Beth's passing was truly heartbreaking.

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"When she had an attack I didn’t know anything to do but to say 'in Jesus' name' and hold her and when I said 'in Jesus' name' she said, 'Say it again, say it more,'" he claimed.

Duane shared Beth's own final words.

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He broke into sobs as he admitted, "And then she, you know, she told the girls and everybody with her mouth and stuff she said I love you guys, are you guys all OK? But she never accepted it."

People have been worried about Duane.

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Dog and Beth were inseparable, so fans have understandably been concerned for the star's welfare since Beth's passing.

He admitted that he has been struggling without his wife.

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Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Dog opened up about his struggles getting back into a routine without Beth by his side. "I haven't gotten past the place where I'm [not] putting a pillow where she was and covering it up. And then I wake up in the middle of the night and I see her and it doesn't register that it ain't her. I'm still there."

He also revealed that he's struggling to eat without her.

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Dog has lost a shocking seventeen pounds since her death. "I can't eat. Two bites, I'm full. I got to force feed myself like I force fed her," he admitted.

He also struggles to eat alone.

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Dog revealed that Beth would often help him to read menus at restaurants because the lighting would be too dim and he needs glasses. "I would go, 'What do I want today, honey?' and she would name two things," he explained. "I never ordered…I'm having a hard time ordering food. Chewing ice helps, and I've lost seventeen pounds in about two weeks."

Though he wants to use this pain to help others.

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In his interview, Duane revealed that he is channeling his grief into helping those struggling with loss themselves. "I went through experiences to help others - I really mean this. The other day I met a guy. He goes, 'Dog, you know I love you. I'm sorry, I lost my wife six months ago,' and I hugged him and I felt a connection like, boom, instantly brotherhood, right," he shared. "So when you go through something and somebody else goes through the same thing, there's something there. That's why I'm going through it, but I use that thing that's bad to help me help others."

However, Dog was recently spotted with a mystery woman...

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Dog has been pictured outside a hotel with a mystery brunette.

They were both seen smiling and laughing...

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An onlooker saw them and said that they were "walking very close together and seemed to know each other pretty well."

They also said this:

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"To me, it looked like they were together, I mean who wouldn't want to be with Dog the Bounty Hunter? He was carrying some kind of dark drink."

Because of these rumors circulating, a rep for the family released a statement, clearing all of the misunderstandings up.

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Apparently, the mystery woman was a close friend called Brooke, who used to work with Dog and Beth and also made sure to add in there that the "dark drink" was in fact, cola. So don't fret guys. But that doesn't mean he's opposed to dating...

Dog sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about life in a post-Beth world.

"It's really hard alone, because as soon as you get alone, bam, it hits you. So, I try not to be alone. Sometimes [my friends and family] know I gotta be alone, but it hurts worse or you feel it more when you're all alone," he told them.

And what about the women he's been photographed with recently, like the brunette above?

To him, it's all about playing tricks on the paparazzi. "I walk by all these girls... I said, 'Hey, Mama, I'll make you famous.' They're not really my girlfriends. I'm not saying I'm not gonna have one, 'cause I will, [but] I'm not gonna get married."

There's a specific reason Dog won't get married again.

He and Beth talked about the potential of moving on after she passed away, and she told him two things: one, to never take her name off his chest, and two, not to marry someone else. According to Dog, girlfriends are fine, but he won't ever make one of them his wife. Dog confirmed this saying, "There will never be another Mrs. Dog." You heard it here, folks.