Beth Chapman has died at the age of 51.
The reality star, who appeared on “Dog the Bounty Hunter” alongside her husband, Duane Chapman, for eight seasons, lost her battle with cancer on Wednesday, TMZ reports. Chapman had been placed in a medically-induced coma in a Honolulu, Hawaii hospital, over the weekend.
Duane confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “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.”
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
She was initially diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in 2017 before announcing later that year that she was cancer free. However, the cancer returned in November 2018.
Duane had been keeping fans up to date on Beth’s condition since the weekend, when he tweeted, “Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you.” He also shared a sweet photo of her hand in the hospital bed, calling attention to her manicured nails.
Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 23, 2019
Chapman had four children: Dominic, Cecily, Bonnie Jo and Garry, the latter two of which she shared with Dog, whom she married in 2006. They met when she was 19, and he was 35.
The grandmother of 14 also had custody of one of her granddaughters, whose mother, Barbara Katy, died in a car crash the day before Beth’s wedding.
Chapman became a licensed bail bondsman at the age of 29, which made her the youngest in Colorado state history at the time. Her stepdaughter, Lyssa, later broke her record at the age of 19. Beth would go on to become the president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States.
Beth and Duane also starred on “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt,” which ran for three seasons until 2015. The couple was in the process of filming a new show for WGN called “Dog’s Most Wanted,” which was reportedly planning on placing heavy emphasis on Beth’s health troubles.