Duane Chapman (better known to his fans as Dog the Bounty Hunter) has had a tough year. Until recently, Dog was married to co-star Beth Chapman. But Beth, aged just fifty-one, lost her ongoing battle with throat and lung cancer on June 26th, 2019.
Dog broke the news on Twitter, stating: "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."
And after losing his life partner, things took another tragic turn, as Dog himself was diagnosed with a frightening heart condition.
As Beth's birthday comes around, Dog has taken to social media to share a moving tribute to his late wife.
Dog first met Beth in 1986.
via: Getty ImagesShe 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.
Dog the Bounty Hunter.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.
The couple well and truly made a name for themselves.
But Beth announced some tragic news in September 2017.
The heartbreaking realization...
Beth wanted to "spend her last days on the hunt."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.
She "wasn't reacting well" when she arrived at the ER.TMZ, medics first put her under mild sedation but she quickly fell into a full medically-induced coma.
Praying for a miracle...
Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you— Duane Dog Chapman (@Duane Dog Chapman)1561272467.0
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 today at home in Hawaii at 5am.
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
"She hiked the stairway to heaven"...Metro, the family sent out their sincere thanks to everyone for their prayers throughout Beth's battle with cancer.
The world lost an amazing person that day.
Tributes rolled in.
So thankful I got your beautiful smile. https://t.co/4yRhAwh9xd— Bonnie Chapman (@Bonnie Chapman)1561568899.0
Earlier, she'd shared something even more moving.
Love you 💖 https://t.co/3PcSlxOfMv— Bonnie Chapman (@Bonnie Chapman)1561512967.0
Tributes came from outside the family, too.
Lost a friend today. Sending lots of love and prayers to @DogBountyHunter, the children and family. We will miss yo… https://t.co/U26oxLPEp8— Crystal Gayle (@Crystal Gayle)1561575361.0
There were professional tributes, too.
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that @MrsdogC lost her battle with cancer today. She was an exceptional w… https://t.co/PwLQ4tFftK— WGN America (@WGN America)1561569539.0
Some of the tributes were a little surprising.
Rest in peace Beth Chapman… a good lady and a great American. https://t.co/lZmWZTAEjk— Jeanine Pirro (@Jeanine Pirro)1561571219.0
The media also paid homage.
Rest in peace, Beth. ❤️ https://t.co/RuMzQvUJfE— Us Weekly (@Us Weekly)1561604700.0
Some tweets gave us a more personal insight into Beth.
You could tell so much about #BethChapman by these messages we shared over the years. What a kind, empathetic woman… https://t.co/3GqwFXF0vp— Perez (@Perez)1561582718.0
And that's not all.
Today, we lost a titan of the bail industry, Beth Chapman. We were extremely sad to hear the news, and she left us… https://t.co/mMu8dWasZ1— American Bail Coalition (@American Bail Coalition)1561577775.0
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.
If you’d like to pay respects, feel free to. https://t.co/fuOsOBm27Q— Bonnie Chapman (@Bonnie Chapman)1561591374.0
Duane has spoken out.
via: Getty ImagesHe 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 a homage on their drive.
https://t.co/iErraH1ddH— Bonnie Chapman (@Bonnie Chapman)1561592956.0
Duane was visibly upset.
via: Getty ImagesBefore 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.
via: Getty Images"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.
via: Getty ImagesHe 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.
via: GettyDog 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.
via: GettySpeaking 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.
via: GettyDog 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.
via: GettyDog 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.
via: GettyIn 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."
It has been a couple of rough months for Duane.broken into in Colorado.
And recently, it has been announced that Dog was admitted to a Colorado hospital following a heart emergency.
via: GettyTMZ reports that Dog was sent to the hospital from his home in Colorado after feeling pain in his chest region. The shocking incident comes just three months after Beth's death.
An updated report claimed Dog was well and under care.confirmed via Instagram that Dog thanks everyone for the well-wishes, and is under a doctor's care resting comfortably. Dog's feed was immediately inundated with comments and well-wishes, however overnight, tragic news broke about Duane's condition.
However, now he has been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.
via: GettyAfter suffering what was rumored to be a minor heart attack, Duane has now been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism of the heart. The condition has been described as a "ticking time-bomb."
Dr. Oz paid Dog a visit after his health scare.
via: GettyMore specifically, a pulmonary embolism in the heart is a life-threatening condition which means that one or more arteries have been blocked by blood. Former health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz, paid Dog a visit to express his concerns over his health. It was Dr. Oz who described Dog's condition as a ticking time-bomb and he said that, if Dog doesn't make some immediate changes, he will not be alive for much longer.
Dr. Oz described his condition as a ticking time-bomb.
via: The Dr. Oz ShowSpeaking on The Dr. Oz Show, the doctor said: "You’re a ticking time bomb. You’re not going to be here with the heart the way it is right now. "Fear of death is normal. I’m surprised you don’t fear death when you’re chasing after convicts. But when you run away from the doctor, that means you have to do your own doctoring." The doctor added that Duane was, initially, denying life-saving care.
The doctor asked Duane what Beth would do.
via: The Dr. Oz ShowDr. Oz pleaded with Dog, saying "what would Beth do?" More specifically, he said: "[Duane] was fearful. Beth had been his north star. She was the one that would go with him and keep him balanced so he could deal with these things. Losing her took away his biggest support. "I said, ‘What would Beth do, what would she say to you? I don’t think she’d be happy with what you’re doing. You’re throwing away your life, you’re throwing away your ability to parent your kids. You have to man up.’ That’s what she would say."