Beth Chapman, the acclaimed bounty hunter and mother of two, is in a medically induced coma in a Hawaii hospital, her family said on Saturday.
Beth’s husband, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, asked Beth’s many fans for their prayers.
Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love youREAD MORE— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 23, 2019
Beth was diagnosed with throat cancer several years ago and underwent successful surgery. But the cancer later returned and Beth was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. At an important address she gave this Mothers Day at the Source Church in Bradenton, Florida, Beth told the assembled parishioners that this time, she would be foregoing chemotherapy.
“Chemotherapy is not my bag,” she said.
Beth said that instead of chemotherapy she would be leaning on her Christian faith and the Lord Jesus Christ. Beth is a devout Christian.
We don’t know what alternative treatments to chemotherapy Beth may have been pursuing. Typically, the treatment for Stage 4 lung cancer involves treating the entire body. Precision medicine, or the idea of moving away from just chemotherapy and instead targeting treatment to the behavior of an individual’s cancer, is now also being used. This involves figuring out the biology of a cancer. Lung cancer treatment has come a long way in the past decade; there have been some really incredible discoveries. But even though she’s been really open about the ups and downs of going through cancer treatment, Beth has been mum about what kind of alternative therapies she is actually making use of.
Following Beth’s church address, many of her devoted fans expressed concern that she was making a mistake in foregoing chemotherapy.
One fan named Sara took to Instagram to beg Beth to reconsider. “Oh miss beautiful,” she wrote. “The news is saying you have decided to stop chemo. Please rethink that. My husband’s aunt done the same and then sadly regretted it after. And it was [too] late. Please please think this through 10000 percent.”
Another fan, who goes by the name ChrisannRN on Twitter, offered Beth prayers, as well as some medical advice. “So many options for chemo!!!” she wrote. “There’s also immunotherapy. I’d be happy to share more with you if you’d like to DM. Thoughts and prayers are with you!!!”
Another fan named John took to Twitter to emphasize the dangers of ignoring modern medicine. “Beth, I read you are choosing alternative therapies for [your] illness instead of chemo/radiation. I hope this is just a rumor. If you turn your back on modern medicine and go this route I can assure you nothing good will come of it,” he wrote.
Only on Thursday, Beth posted on Facebook a new promotional video for “Dog’s Most Wanted”, her new bounty hunter reality show with Dog, which showed Beth and her Dog in full form. Beth’s many fans marveled on Facebook how vital and healthy she looked.
It’s not clear when the promo was shot.
In recent weeks, Beth had also charmed fans with a makeup free and “morning hair” selfie, as well as going for a manicure with a noted nail artist in Hawaii and showing off her silvery, sparking nail bling.
Also over the last two weeks, Beth had laid low in her contretemps with her stepdaughter, Lyssa, whom Beth had accused of not acknowledging her on Mothers Day; of not inviting her and Dog to Dog’s granddaughter Abbie’s high school graduation; and of blocking Beth and Dog on social media.
(Lyssa denied the accusations and called Beth an attention seeking liar.)
Beth’s fans had been concerned that Lyssa’s behavior would distract Beth from a serene cancer journey and disrupt her recovery. Their concerns were heightened on Friday when Lyssa posted on Twitter some provocative bikini selfies and wrote an obscene comment that appeared to be directed at Beth. Lyssa has been silent on Twitter regarding Beth’s hospitalization but the offending tweet has been taken down.