Hours after her death, Beth Chapman’s husband Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman spoke to reporters for the first time.
According to HawaiiNewsNow.com, Beth, 51, immediately thought of her family when she suffered an “attack,” which led to her medically induced coma. Dog said, “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.’ 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 okay? Don’t worry,’ but she never accepted it.”
Struggling to hold back tears, Dog admitted that Beth’s death “came very unexpected, really fast,” adding, “All of her clothes were exactly where they were, her makeup, everything. We didn’t prepare.”
“It’s just incredible when you walk alone in the bedroom and you’re there and she was there two days ago,” Chapman noted.
Dog said he still feels her presence in the home they shared. He explained, “Beth was somewhat of a control person — not from the grave, but from heaven. 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 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 continued. “One of the last things she said [was], ‘It’s a test of my faith.’ She had faith and that was it. 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. And she said to me the other day, ‘Honey, that last step, I ain’t taking…’ So go, Bethy.”
As for how he is coping, Dog said, “It’s terrible, the most terrible time in someone’s life. You kind of try to remember that you’re celebrating life, but right now we’re mourning the death, so it’s not good.”
He stressed the importance of finding a cure for cancer, saying, “All we have now is some get lucky, but most pass away.”
Before he wrapped up his interview with reporters, he emphasized, “My final words are: Beth isn’t dead, she’s sleeping… I hope there is a God and if there is, I’m gonna see my honey again. That’s all we can do is hope.”
WGN America also paid tribute to Beth, sharing a touching video of Dog kissing Beth in her hospital bed. The network, which is home of his upcoming series “Dog's Most Wanted,” tweeted, “#WGNAmerica and #DogsMostWanted remember @mrsdogc - a fighter until the end. #RIPBethChapman.”
That same day, Dog was photographed for the first time since news of her death. He appeared somber as he talked on the phone.
Film crew and photographers were spotted outside the family home, where a memorial has been set up. The tribute included a large picture of Beth on an easel with leis hanging on each side, as well as more leis and flowers.
Beth’s stepdaughter Lyssa Chapman shared a photo of the site on Instagram, writing, “Feel free to bring flowers.” She included the hashtags #BethChapman and #HawaiianStyle.
Lyssa told reporters, "We want to make sure that people can show their love and support and it actually makes us feel warm and loved by our community to know how much our mother was loved."
After Dog broke the news about Beth’s death, their family rep told People magazine, "Beth died at 5:32 this morning, the same time she would wake up to go hiking Koko Head. The exact same time. She was surrounded by family and Dog was there, holding her hand.”
Beth will be cremated, The Blast reports. A source told the site that she gave instructions for her death arrangements, requesting she be cremated. It is unknown if the family will keep her ashes or scatter them in a special place.
Dog and Beth had been married since 2006. She is survived by Dog and their kids, Cecily, Bonnie, Garry and Dominic.