Over the weekend, Duane (Dog the Bounty Hunter) Chapman shared a sweet message about loss, months after losing his wife and business partner, Beth, to cancer.
Chapman shared an image of a pendent with the words, “My Mind Still Talks to You,” written across it. In the caption, Chapman simply wrote, “No words to say.”
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Beth passed away at age 51 after a battle with cancer that spread to her lungs. Much of her cancer journey — from her decision to stop chemo to her experience with hair loss — was captured on film in the family’s latest series, “Dog’s Most Wanted.”
After Chapman shared the image to Instagram, comments started spilling in from fans sharing their own stories of loss — and thanking the Chapman family for being a comfort to them.
“My daughter was a multi transplant recipient and chronically ill. We spent most of her life in the hospital. We would always watch your show together either in the hospital or at home. Marisol and Beth are now resting in heaven,” commented one user who goes by the handle @chele4611.
“My husband passed away 6 months ago, the pain is unbearable … thinking of you and praying for you,” wrote another who uses the handle @maryhobbs1.
Dealing With Grief and Loss
Several members of the Chapman family, including Dog, have been really open with fans about how traumatic it was to lose Beth. The world-famous bounty hunter spoke to SurvivorNet late last year about how he’s been dealing with grief — and he said keeping busy and continuing to work on he and Beth’s legacy helps him to cope with the loss.
Chapman said that he hopes “Dog’s Most Wanted” will be picked up for a second season with WGN America, and that even though the show will not be the same without Beth, she would have wanted the family to continue doing what they do best.
“She said to me, ‘Big Daddy, I want you to have your show, and if something should happen to me, I want it to continue,’” Dog told SurvivorNet. “I know for 100 percent that no matter what she’s still there. Her legacy continues, ’cause I’m carrying her.”
Beth was first diagnosed with stage 2 lung cancer in 2017. She was treated at the time and declared cancer-free shortly thereafter. However, in late 2018 her cancer returned — and by that point it had spread to her lungs.
Beth began undergoing chemotherapy, but the side-effects were so severe that she decided she would forego treatment and enjoy the rest of the time she had left with her family and her work. Her cancer journey was an inspiration to so many fans, as Beth stayed dedicated to bounty hunting even in her last months of life.
“If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die in my boots,” the family matriarch famously said in an episode of “Dog’s Most Wanted.”
She passed away at a hospital in Honolulu on June 26.