Dog the Bounty Hunter breaks down as he describes Beth Chapman's final moments: 'When I said, 'in Jesus' name' she said, 'say it again, say it more'
Beth Chapman, the wife of Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman, died early Wednesday, June 26, at the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, after an almost two-year battle with throat cancer. She was 51. "It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain," Duane posted on Twitter following her death. "Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."
Duane later broke down in tears outside his home as he described his wife's final moments and the exchange they shared before she took her last breath, reported the Daily Mail. "When she had an attack I didn’t know anything to do but to say, 'in Jesus' name' and hold her and when I said, 'in Jesus' name' she said, 'Say it again, say it more,'" he revealed.
"And then she, you know, she told the girls and everybody with her mouth and stuff, she said 'I love you guys, are you guys all OK?'" he continued, holding back tears. "But she never accepted it." Bonnie Chapman, Beth's daughter, shared a photo of her holding her mother's hand with the caption, "So thankful to call you my mother. Rest In Peace, mom. I love you so much."
"I never thought I'd lose my mom at 20," she later added. "I told her I thought she had a couple of years left, but her eyes disagreed." Beth was diagnosed with throat cancer in September 2017 after undergoing an examination for a nagging cough she was suffering from but was declared cancer-free after a tumor was removed in December the same year, according to the Associated Press.
But in November 2018, she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, eventually announcing she was stopping chemotherapy to explore alternative treatments. Last Friday, she was admitted into the Queen's Medical Center after she had difficulty breathing and passed out. Family spokesperson Mona Wood-Sword confirmed reports that doctors put her in a medically-induced coma to spare her pain while treating her.
Her death has seen several celebrities take to Twitter to express their condolences. Jeanine Pirro, the host of Fox News' 'Justice with Judge Jeanine,' uploaded two photos of her with Beth Chapman and one with the couple on Twitter and wrote, "Rest in peace Beth Chapman. A good lady and a great American."
'Inside Edition' special correspondent Rita Crosby tweeted, "No words to describe this huge loss of my heroic and dear friend #BethChapman. Prayers needed for @DogBountyHunter and all of us who loved Beth so very much and her indomitable spirit." In addition to Duane, Beth is survived by her four children - Dominic, Cecily, Bonnie Jo, and Garry — 14 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Her funeral service is expected to be held in Honolulu and Colorado later this week, said Wood-Sword.