Beloved reality TV star Beth Chapman died on June 26 after a multiple-year battle against throat cancer. She passed away in Hawaii, a place she came to know as a second home.
She starred on multiple shows with her husband Duane Chapman, who is known to the world as Dog the Bounty Hunter.
“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,” Dog wrote when he announced the sad news his wife had passed away.
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
Dog told Hawaii News Now that the family was planning two memorial services for Beth, one in Hawaii and one in their home state of Colorado, which will be held Saturday, July 13.
The Hawaiian service was held on June 29 and was held by Beth’s daughters at Fort DeRussy Beach in Waikiki. It was open to the public, and attendees were encouraged to take part in traditional Hawaiian chants and bring ocean-friendly loose flowers instead of leis.
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Duane Chapman tosses flowers into the ocean during a paddle-out memorial service for Beth Chapman this afternoon off Fort DeRussy Beach in Waikiki. Beth Chapman died Wednesday after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 51. ?: @jammaquino #hawaii #hinews #bethchapman #ripbethchapman #alohaoemrsdog
Dog recently sat down with Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier for his first interview since her passing and spoke about how hard it’s been to get back to his routine.
“I wake up to always touch her, especially when she was sick I’d have to wake up a few times when she stopped breathing. I couldn’t hear it no more,” he recalled. “And she’s laying and I’m like, ‘You are not dying like that. I will not let you die.’ So I’m so used to that that I don’t sleep solid anymore.”
He also told Frazier that he has lost “17 pounds in two weeks.” Dog also said, “I can’t eat. Two bites, I’m full. I got to force feed myself like I force fed her.”
The TV star admitted Beth would help him read the menus at restaurants because the lighting is always so dim, and he needs glasses.
“I would go, ‘What do I want today, honey?’ and she would name two things,” he explained. “I never ordered…I’m having a hard time ordering food. I’ve lost 17 pounds. Chewing ice helps, and I’ve lost 17 pounds in about two weeks.”
We can’t imagine the pain Dog is experiencing, and we will keep him and his family in our prayers.
Watch a clip from the interview below.