Beth Chapman: Looking Back at the Late Dog the Bounty Hunter Star's Brave Cancer Journey
In September 2017, Beth Chapman was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer. Two months later, the Dog the Bounty Hunter star announced she was cancer-free — but by November 2018, the cancer had returned and she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgery to clear a throat blockage that was obstructing her airways. In April 2019, she was once again hospitalized.
Despite the setbacks, Beth, 51, shared a smiling selfie while celebrating Easter, writing, "Don't forget the reason for the season."
Beth never let her cancer get in the way of celebrating the holidays with her family. In December 2018, she shared a sweet snap of herself leaning in close to hubsand Duane "Dog" Chapman.
"Family Tradition," she wrote. "Theater with the kids for Christmas … and Churchill's for dinner."
Recovery and Rest
After her first emergency surgery in 2018, Beth shared a candid shot of herself in her hospital bed, with Dog, 66, right by her side.
"Another bend in the Road yet not the End of the Road," she captioned the post.
In the photo's caption, she alluded to the fact that she was receiving treatment by using the hashtags "cancer sucks," "stay humble pray" and "it's only hair."
The Dog the Bounty Hunter star celebrated happy news later that month when she became a great-grandmother for the first time. She shared a slideshow of images holding the bundle of joy, who was born to grandson Dakota Chapman, 23.
"My first great grand baby," she gushed. "He's adorable and he's precious and he came 5 weeks early to meet me. Nothing more beautiful or inspiring than the birth of a new baby."
Her Darlin' Dog
Dog stood by his wife's side throughout her treatment.
In February, Beth cuddled up to the TV star in an Instagram photo. "Sooooo in love with this guy!" she captioned the sweet snap.
PEOPLE confirmed Beth was admitted to Hawaii's Queen's Medical Center on June 23. According to Hawaii News Now, she was placed in a medically-induced coma. In a statement to the outlet, her husband said both he and his family "humbly ask everyone to please pray for Beth."
"It's quite serious," the family's rep told PEOPLE.
On June 24, Dog shared a sweet photo of Beth from her hospital bed, showing off her freshly painted French manicure adorned with rhinestones.
"You all know how she is about HER NAILS!!" he wrote alongside the photo.
Rest In Peace
On June 26, Dog announced his wife had died in a heartbreaking tweet. She was 51.
"It's 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain," he wrote. "Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."