News broke yesterday that after only three months after the death of his wife, Duane Champman was rushed to the hospital.
Beth died aged fifty-one, after a grueling battle with throat and lung cancer on June 26th, 2019.
The couple’s daughter, Bonnie Chapman, has taken to Instagram following her dad’s hospitalization. The family has certainly had a tough year, as Bonnie explains in her post.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dog broke the devastating news via Twitter, announcing the passing of his wife.
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.
Duane has now made a public statement regarding his tragic loss, while tributes are pouring out for the late reality star.
One truly moving one came from Beth’s youngest daughter, Bonnie, who wrote that she was “thankful” to get her mom’s “beautiful smile.”
Bonnie posted an image of her holding hands with her dying mother (recognizable by her signature statement nails), with the simple caption: “Love you.”
Country music star, Crystal Gayle, spoke highly of Chapman, calling her a “friend,” and promising that “we will miss you.”
WGN, the network that hosted Duane and Beth’s wide range of popular shows, spoke in her memory, calling Chapman an “exceptional woman.”
One that was rather unexpected came from Judge Jeanine Pirro, who called Chapman “a good lady and a great American.”
Many of the largest publications have created extensive tributes to Chapman and her fascinating life, alongside her love story with Duane.
Gossip writer, Perez Hilton, shared cute and emotional text exchanges between Chapman and himself.
Amazingly, the American Bail Coalition also paid homage to the late star, calling Chapman a “titan of the bail industry.”
CBS journalist, Jim Brenneman, showed how fans had responded to the tragic passing in real life.
She shared an image from outside the home of Duane and Beth, encouraging fans to pay their tributes there.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
Dog and Beth were inseparable, so fans have understandably been concerned for the star’s welfare since Beth’s passing.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
As if losing the person you were closest to wasn’t enough, some of Beth’s treasured and personal items were also stolen by thieves after Dog’s merchandise store was broken into in Colorado.
TMZ 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.
A representative for the star confirmed via Instagram that Dog thanks everyone for the well-wishes, and is under a doctor’s care resting comfortably.
Dog’s feed has since been flooded with comments and well-wishes.
Sources suggest that Dog may have suffered a minor heart attack and that doctors are performing tests to confirm understand the exact problem at hand.
TMZ reports that Dog might need corrective surgery to fix the issue.
It hasn’t been easy. The star has had a rocky couple of months, and we have nothing but well-wishes for him going forward.
Following the Bounty Hunter’s dramatic rush to the hospital, it seems like, now, after treatment, he should be just fine.
Whatever severe chest problems Dog was experiencing a few days ago seem to have ceased. A spokesperson for the Dog The Bounty Hunter star stated to The Mirror: “I can confirm Dog is under doctor’s care and is resting comfortably.”
It would not be unlikely that Dog was actually rushed to the hospital for the pain caused by his broken heart. It’s not unheard of for people to suffer acute, physical pain in the chest following the loss of a loved one.
In a sweet throwback photo of the family, with baby bonnie sitting on her daddy’s knee, she looked back at happier times.
Alongside the snap, the twenty-year-old wrote: “Love you, pops ❤️.”
We all wish Dog a quick and successful recovery.
I’m sure he’ll be back out there catching bad guys again in no time.