‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Star Beth Chapman Dies at 51, Family Says

June 26, 2019 Updated: June 26, 2019

Beth Chapman, the reality TV star of “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” died at age 51 after battling cancer, according to Duane “Dog” Chapman.

“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,” he tweeted.

It came after TMZ and other news outlets reported that she was in grave condition. Over the weekend, she was placed in a medically induced coma.

In a previous update, Duane Chapman, 66, posted a photo of her nails.

Beth Chapman in 2017 was diagnosed with throat cancer before doctors declared her cancer-free.

On Twitter, Duane Chapman, 66, wrote to “please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you.”

He also told Us Weekly in December that she wanted to explore alternative treatment methods and wasn’t always cooperating with her doctors.

“Beth will not take anything the doctors want to give her. Even the doctor told me he doesn’t want her to have seizures if the pain is that bad, but she won’t do it,” he told the news outlet. “She takes over-the-counter pain meds. She will not take anything prescription.”

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From the reality television show Dog The Bounty Hunter Beth Smith (L) and Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman arrive to A&E Television Networks Upfront celebration held at Rockefeller Center April 21, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)

And in May, she said she wasn’t opting to have chemotherapy.

“Chemotherapy is not my bag, people. Sorry, that’s not for me,” she said to Popculture.com in May. “So for me, this is the ultimate test of faith. This is my ultimate lesson. And it will either be taught to me or to you. And I am fine with taking the hit for everyone else. Because I think I know another guy who did the same thing.”

Previously, the pair have spoken about faith.

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“Faith is probably the number one thing in our lives, no matter what we’re faced with. … Through this cancer episode, we had to drum up as much faith as we could. And the Bible talks about having faith as small as a mustard seed. And that’s not much. … And I thank God that we had at least that much faith to get her through that,” Duane said several years ago about her cancer during the first bout.

The reality TV star said at the time that he’s sticking with his wife no matter what.

“When we made a pledge many years ago, I said I’d love her in sickness and in health until death do us part,” he told People magazine of his marriage. “And that truth has really, really come alive in my mind. And I have to stand on that; I gave her an oath that I would love her forever. And thank God it’s not till death do us part at this point.”

Beth first revealed she was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017.

“After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage 2 throat cancer,” she wrote at the time. “I have what is referred to as a T2 Tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing. My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses.”

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