Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman has revealed the final words that his wife, Beth Chapman, said before she died on Wednesday following a battle with cancer.
“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,’” a teary-eyed Dog recalled to Hawaii News Now hours after she passed away. “And then she told the girls and everybody, with her mouth — she came out of it a couple times — ‘I love you’ and, ‘Are you guys all OK? Don’t worry,’ but she never accepted it.”
Beth, who was 51 at the time of her death, announced in September 2017 that she’d been diagnosed with stage II throat cancer. By November, the reality star was cancer-free; however, a year later, her cancer had returned. On Mother’s Day 2019, Beth revealed she’d stopped chemotherapy, though Dog told reporters they believed they had more time together.
“It came very unexpected, really fast,” he explained of her death. “All of her clothes were exactly where they were, her makeup, everything. We didn’t prepare.”
He tearfully added, “It’s just incredible when you walk alone in the bedroom and you’re there and she was there two days ago.”
Though he said she wouldn’t accept death, Dog revealed she had somewhat planned for it in her own way.
“Beth was somewhat of a control person — not from the grave but from heaven,” he joked. “I’m sure she’s still controlling me and I’ve got notes in my pillowcases, on my sink, in my shaving thing. She’s still telling me what to wear.”
“She did it her way. … Her way was to live. She wanted to live so bad and she fought so long, and the reason she fought, she liked life but she wanted to show people how to beat it and what to do when it got her,” Dog shared.
“One of the last things she said [was], ‘It’s a test of my faith.’ She had faith and that was it,” he continued. “There’s things you go through when you’re dying, like steps like you do when you lose someone, right? You get mad at them, and then you go through all these steps.”
“Well, the last step when you’re dying is to accept it,” he added. “And she said to me the other day, ‘Honey, that last step, I ain’t taking…’ So go, Bethy.”
'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star Beth Chapman dead at 51
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