When Beth Chapman sadly passed away at the age of fifty-one, the world went into instant mourning.
Beth, who was most well known for her marriage to Dog the Bounty Hunter, had been battling throat and lung cancer since been diagnosed in September 2017. Despite being informed in the past that she was cancer-free, the illness came back and subjected her to operations and numerous rounds of brutal treatment.
Beth was surrounded by her family and friends until the very end of this heartbreaking turn of events.
Read on to learn about the wonderful life that Beth led, and how she and her family coped with the recent struggles that came with battling her illness.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrities and fans around the world were sending their love and support to Beth’s family and were expressing their devastation at the loss of such an incredible woman.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: “Every day is a challenge, but, you know, on a 1 – 10, I’m at 6.”
“I’ve lost a lot of weight but I started eating last night at a soul food restaurant we went to, and I’m trying to get back on track… I really like to dream now.”
He has been focusing on his new show, Dog’s Most Wanted…
WGN America announced that the show began production earlier this year, and it will focus on the pursuit of some of the country’s most wanted fugitives.
Beth was the driving force to get this new show up in the air, and she helped even out Duane on his hunts whilst undergoing her cancer treatments.
And it promises to deliver plenty of content showing Beth in her final months.
Blast has revealed a small preview of what to expect, and it is already heartbreaking.
“They didn’t tell me my hair was going to fall out,” she said as she brushed through her trademark blonde extensions.
“I had [them] braid my hair really good… so I thought I’d at least have a better shot of hanging on to my hair.”
“I’m just coping and dealing every day and trying to stay busy,” she says in the footage.
She was honest about her hesitations, such as using mace of pepper spray as it was seriously harmful to Beth in her deteriorating condition.
She is seen coughing and wheezing when being filmed, but, despite these hold-backs, Beth appears as eager and enthusiastic as always when doing her job.
The footage also shows intimate moments such as the time that Beth and Duane received the news that her tumor wasn’t improving and the family struggles that came with Beth’s illness.
Despite the clip being heartbreaking, it’s a beautiful tribute to Beth and it truly demonstrates the strong and amazing personality that she was and still is so very loved for.