A memorial for Beth Chapman, star of the television show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” was held Saturday in Colorado, in a live-streamed ceremony on Facebook.
The service for Beth, the late wife of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman was held at the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora and was open to the public. Fans could join via the “Dog’s Most Wanted” Facebook page and the WGN America website.
During the memorial, a large photo of Beth, whose real name is Alice Elizabeth, was broadcast on a screen. Duane wore a white buttoned-down shirt and sunglasses, and wiped away tears throughout the tributes.
The 66-year-old reminisced about him and Beth’s first date at a movie theater, bypassing a long line to secure prime seating. “I said, ‘Honey I don’t stand in line,’” recalled Duane.
“She was our lion tamer..she was so pretty…she never believed it. Never,” said Duane, adding that she called herself “the bounty huntress.”
“I cannot believe that she’s gone, this is not possible, I want to wake up from a dream,” he broke down.
Cast member Rainy Robinson, who jokingly called herself Beth’s “nemesis,” said the late mom was “her own time zone, zip code, and area code,” adding, “She was imperfectly perfect and I adored her…”
Daughter Bonnie Chapman, 20, said, “I never imagined a life without her…I lost my rock…No one will ever be a bounty hunter in heels like she was.” The couple’s son Gary regretted Beth’s absence from his college graduation and swearing-in ceremony as a police officer.
Beth died at the age of 51 on June 26th, after fighting stage IV lung cancer. Due to a “choking” incident, she was rushed from her Honolulu home to Hawaii’s Queen’s Medical Center, where she was put into a medically-induced coma.
On June 26th, Duane tweeted about her death: “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.”
The couple, parents to 12 children, had dated since 1986 and wed in 2006. From 2004 to 2012, they starred on A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” and from 2013 to 2015, on CMT’s “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.” And “Dogs Most Wanted” will run on WGN America next year.
In 2017, Beth announced that she had Stage 2 throat cancer. According to US Weekly, she wrote in a letter to friends, “As most of you know I’ve spent a lifetime facing tests and challenges I didn’t see coming and certainly never expected. I’ve been dealt my share of unexpected blows over the course of my almost fifty years but nothing as serious as the one I heard from my doctors two weeks ago when they uttered those dreaded three words, ‘You have cancer.’”
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 Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019
“After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage II throat cancer. I have what is referred to as a T2 Tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing,” she wrote. “My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses.”
Later that year, Beth learned from a pathology report that she was cancer-free. “Hello, attention. No cancer,” said Duane during a two-hour television documentary called “Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives” on A&E, according to People. “There is a God. This could be a miracle. This could be a healing…”
However, in November 2018, Beth shared an Instagram post from the hospital of her and Duane. “Another bend in the Road yet not the End of the Road,” she wrote. According to AOL, the cancer had spread to her lungs.
In December Beth had started chemotherapy, telling TMZ in May, “Chemotherapy is not my bag, people. Sorry, that’s not for me. So for me, this is the ultimate test of faith. This is my ultimate lesson.”
This week, Duane told Entertainment Tonight that he has lost 17 pounds in two weeks, too grief-stricken to eat. “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.”
Duane continued, “I wake up to always touch her, especially when she was sick I’d have to wake up a few times when she stopped breathing. I couldn’t hear it no more. And she’s laying and I’m like, ‘You are not dying like that. I will not let you die.’ So I’m so used to that that I don’t sleep solid anymore.”
On June 29th, the family held a beachside memorial so Beth could be “sent off in true Hawaiian style, with aloha,” a Chapman lawyer told USA Today. Loved ones reportedly threw flowers into the ocean from boats.
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