Dog the Bounty Hunter’s Beth Chapman passed away at the age of 51. After being diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer, she was initially hospitalized due to breathing difficulties, and was then placed in a medically-induced coma by doctors.
Beth endured a similar situation in April and was rushed to the hospital, though she was sent home shortly thereafter when the issue cleared up. Beth has experienced a long battle with throat cancer, undergoing aggressive chemotherapy after it returned in November. The couple was set to host a new series, Dog's Most Wanted for WGN America, in which a portion of the show would feature her cancer struggle. Beth said that the show’s air date was pushed back to next year.
According to TMZ, Beth was rushed to the hospital due to breathing difficulties, where sources said she remained in a medically-induced coma. After arriving at the hospital on the morning of Saturday, June 22, Beth was placed into a medically-induced coma for her own protection. Upon arriving at the emergency room, she experienced severe pain and suffered from lack of oxygen. As she began to receive treatment, it was deemed appropriate to put her under mild sedation, until finally placing her under a medically-induced coma. Her husband revealed that she passed away via his personal Twitter account. Take a look at his tweet below:
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
Doctors discovered that Beth's cancer returned during an emergency surgery to clear a life-threatening blockage in her throat that made it hard for her to breathe. During her initial diagnosis in 2017, with her husband by her side, Beth underwent successful surgery to remove a previous cancerous tumor in her throat.
Dog and Beth may have come across as tough on their show, but cancer is no easy battle. Beth's television persona has always been that of a tough, no-nonsense woman, and after hearing about what she has been through, it’s believable that she inhabited every bit of her take-no-prisoners on-screen personality that she exhibited on Dog the Bounty Hunter in her battle with cancer. In the end, Beth left behind a lasting legacy that fans of her show will always remember. And, as for their new series, it's unclear at the moment whether or not WGN America will end up airing any footage - assuming enough has even been filmed for a full season - given her passing.