Duane Dog Chapman announced on Twitter today that his wife, Beth Chapman, has sadly died. He said, “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
Our story from earlier this morning:
Today’s news is unfortunate for fans of Dog the Bounty Hunter and his family.
On Saturday, his wife Beth Chapman was put into a medically induced coma. Now, TMZ reports that she is “not expected to recover.”
Beth was hospitalized on Saturday when she experienced “difficulty breathing” and “choking.” However, it wasn’t for the treatment of eosinophilic asthma, but rather something far more serious.
Though the 51-year-old had successfully battled throat cancer in 2017, it later returned in late 2018. Worse, it also spread to her lungs, progressing to stage 4 lung cancer. This led to an episode in April that warranted hospitalization, but that instance was nothing compared to Saturday’s.
When she arrived at the hospital on June 22, medical practitioners, unfortunately, found it difficult to provide treatment.
According to TMZ, Beth was in excruciating pain and needed to be on oxygen. However, she also had begun pulling out her IVs as doctors attempted to treat her. Such problematic reactions warranted a serious response.
When mild sedation wasn’t enough to calm her agitated state, doctors chose to medically induce a coma.
According to Mona Wood-Sword, a spokesperson for the family, the coma was to spare Beth from the pain of treatment.
“Duane and the family feel she’s such a fighter, she could get better,” Wood-Sword asserted. “The family still has hope.”
On Mother’s Day this year, Beth rejected the idea of chemotherapy, saying it’s not for her. Instead, she called her battle “the ultimate test of faith” and her “ultimate lesson.” In April, she also called her fight with lung cancer, “the toughest battle I’ve ever been in.”
Since her admission to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Beth’s family has all gathered around her. Both her mother and daughter flew in to be by her side, and others, including her grandchildren, have also come to be with her as well.
On Monday, her husband posted a touching photo of Beth’s hand resting on her hospital bed with freshly manicured nails. He captioned it: “You all know how she is about HER NAILS!!”
You all know how she is about HER NAILS !! pic.twitter.com/w8iWMYrWZd
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 25, 2019
With little that can be done for her, however, the family is now reportedly preparing for the worst.