Beth Chapman, the wife of Hawaii-based bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman, has died, her husband announced Wednesday morning. She was 51.
“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,” Duane said via his verified Twitter account.
Beth had been placed in a medically induced coma on Sunday. She was diagnosed with throat cancer in early 2017.
Despite Beth’s cancer being removed, the couple later revealed during the A&E special Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives in November 2017 that it had returned. She was hospitalized in April of this year due to an “accumulation of fluid in her lungs” and “doctors performed an emergency procedure to alleviate pressure,” the couple said in a statement at the time.
Despite the diagnosis, the Chapmans announced a new show, Dog’s Most Wanted, would soon be coming to WGN America.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that Beth Chapman lost her battle with cancer today. She was an exceptional woman, fiercely loyal and passionate about her family and she was a true joy to work with. All of us at WGN America will miss her tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane, her family, loved ones and millions of fans,” the network said Wednesday in a statement.
Beth starred with her husband on the A&E reality series Dog the Bounty Hunter, which ran from 2004-2012. The show followed Duane and his wife in Hawaii and Colorado as they tracked down bail fugitives. The pair also starred in a spinoff series, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, which aired on CMT from 2013-2015.
The couple had two children together, Bonnie Joanne and Garry, in addition to their children from previous marriages.