Duane “Dog” Chapman confirmed his wife, Beth Chapman “hiked the stairway to heaven” in a post on Twitter. USA TODAY
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Beth Chapman has died after battling Stage 4 lung cancer, her husband and TV show co-star Duane announced Wednesday. She was 51.
“It’s 5:32 (a.m.) in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven,” he tweeted. “We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”
The family’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, confirmed to USA TODAY that Chapman “passed away early this morning Hawaii time.”
“Spoke with Duane. We are all heartbroken,” he added.
Chapman was placed in a medically-induced coma over the weekend after being taken to the intensive care unit at Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii. She was originally diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017 after having a nagging cough checked out; it returned later as Stage 4 lung cancer, representative Mona Wood-Sword told the Associated Press.
Brettler told USA TODAY on Monday that family members were with her at the hospital, where she was in a “very serious” condition. The day prior, Duane Chapman asked fans over social media to keep his wife in their prayers.
“Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you,” he wrote on Twitter and Facebook.
Beth and Duane Chapman gained fame starring together on the A&E reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter” from 2003 to 2012, according to IMDB. The couple, along with their children, chased down fugitives in Hawaii. A few years later, they trained other bail bond agents on “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.”
The couple raised 12 children together, according to their official website. The couple, who had known each other for years prior, married in 2006 in a season 3 episode of “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
From 2016 to 2018, she served as president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States. Most recently, the reality TV couple had announced their return to TV in a new series about bounty hunting called “Dog’s Most Wanted.”
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that @MrsdogC lost her battle with cancer today,” the network wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “She was an exceptional woman, all of us at #WGNAmerica will miss her tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with @DogBountyHunter, her family, loved ones and millions of fans.”
According to her official bio, she was the youngest person in Colorado to receive a bail license, before her daughter Lyssa broke the record.
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