Duane Chapman (better known to his fans as Dog the Bounty Hunter) has had a tough year. Since the death of his beloved wife, Beth, the reality TV star has experienced some health complications which has led him to one of the lowest points of his life.
Recently, Dog let his fans know that he had actually contemplated suicide after her death. His struggles to come to terms with what has happened left him in a difficult position, one that meant he didn't want to carry on.
And as the holidays approach, it seems things aren't getting any easier for the bereaved reality star.
It all started in 1986.
via: Getty ImagesBeth was only nineteen years old when she met Dog. The situation was difficult as Dog was already married, but this didn’t stop the pair from striking up an on-off relationship.
But they called it quits when Beth married Keith Barmore.
via: Getty ImagesIt didn't last for Beth and Keith and after a couple of years, they decided a divorce would be best for both of them.
Dog's marriage didn't last either...
via: Getty ImagesSo the two former lovers reunited in 1995, before getting married in 2006.
The couple had two children and have been together ever since.
via: Getty ImagesAnd then Dog the Bounty Hunter, the TV show that propelled them to superstardom, came along. The show was based on the life and experiences of Duane, who bounty hunts for a living.
The show became a hit after people fell in love with the couple.
via: Getty ImagesIt was so popular that they ended up getting their very own spin-off show: Dog & Beth: On The Hunt.
Both of them worked hard to earn their celebrity statuses.
via: Getty ImagesBeth 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 pair very quickly became recognized as the brash and outrageously hilarious couple that they have been till the very end.
Their constant bickering was comedy gold.
via: Getty ImagesA lot of other married couples felt as though they could relate to them, which only helped them grow in popularity.
Things seemed to be going well for them, but then Beth shared some tragic news.
You all know how she is about HER NAILS !! https://t.co/w8iWMYrWZd— Duane Dog Chapman (@Duane Dog Chapman)1561428791.0
Even though the operation was a success, there was more bad news for Beth.
via: Getty ImagesIt was discovered that the cancer had spread to both her throat and her lungs and that it was, unfortunately, incurable.
Beth was in love with her job, so vowed to spend her final days "on the hunt."
via: Getty ImagesSomehow, 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.
Unfortunately, Beth's health continued deteriorating...
via: Getty ImagesAfter 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" to treatment.
via: Getty ImagesBeth 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.
Beth and her family refused to give up hope.
Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you— Duane Dog Chapman (@Duane Dog Chapman)1561272467.0
Sadly, Beth passed away in her home in Hawaii.
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 st… https://t.co/csllvQQA8P— Duane Dog Chapman (@Duane Dog Chapman)1561564480.0
It was a really difficult time for Dog and the rest of Beth's family.
via: Getty ImagesAfter his wife's death, Dog found it really difficult to cope. The impact of the tragic event really had a toll on his mental and physical wellbeing.
In the following days, the bounty hunter lost seventeen pounds!
via: Getty ImagesHis physical health suffered tremendously as the man lost seventeen pounds within 2 days. He was also in and out of the hospital as he suffered from what were described as "severe" heart conditions and depression symptoms in the weeks that came.
And now this shocking revelation just broke our hearts.
via: Getty ImagesDog the Bounty Hunter revealed that he was actually contemplating taking his own life due to the downward spiral he was heading in after Beth passed.
During the filming of the finale for Dogs Most Wanted, the TV star broke down.
via: Getty ImagesThe footage was extremely hard to watch as we saw Dog, with tears streaming down his face, claim that the grief was too much to bear and at one point he was considering making a drastic decision in order to reunite with Beth again.
In his own words, he described his feelings:
via: Getty Images"I don’t realize yet psychologically that she’s gone, gone and I’ll never, ever see her. I don’t realize that. I just hope that I don’t live very much longer without her, because now she made the first step, she’s through the gate. She paved a way for me. I want to take a god damn pain pill so bad."
He also mentioned that Beth wouldn't be happy if he did go through with the plan.
via: Getty Images"I got to heaven and was like, 'Hi honey,' and would she go, 'You d*****s, why would you do that?'"
And now Dog has spoken out on his heartache during the holiday season.
via: ShutterstockSpeaking to RadarOnline, the star opened up about how hard the festive period can be when you're missing a loved one.
"I'm trying to hold the holiday traditions."
via: Shutterstock"Beth was very traditional, and I want to hold those traditions as we did when Beth was here."
"Beth was the punisher in the family, and they know their dad is a softy."
via: Getty Images"So, a lot of the kids aren't coming this year. They're like, 'Dad, we are going to do our own thing.' I'm like, 'Okay, whatever.'"
"So that's a little sad. I'll mostly be alone."
via: Shutterstock"I've got it all decorated. All the stockings are hung. We always left - when the kids were young - cookies for Santa, and I think I'll do that this year also." We're sending our best wishes to the Chapman family during this difficult time.