Dog the Bounty tragically confirmed today that his beloved partner and wife of 13 years Beth Chapman has died following a long fought battle with cancer.
The TV star tweeted a poignant goodbye, saying: “Today she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you Beth. See you on the other side.”
51-year-old mother and grandmother Beth slipped away just days after being rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties, though her health troubles had blighted her for two years
In September 2017 Beth announced that she had been diagnosed with stage II throat cancer.
But by December that year she was celebrating after being told she was cancer free.
Though Beth’s joy was short-lived as the cancer cruelly returned last November, forcing her to undergo emergency surgery to remove a mass in her throat and aggressive bout of chemotherapy treatment followed.
A source close to the family said that while recovery was hard, Beth was responding well and keeping in good spirits.
Dog told reporters at the time Beth was being “incredibly strong” and “doing her best”. The mum wanted to carry on as normally as possible and was pictured on enjoying evenings out with her husband through her illness.
Then in December last year it was revealed the throat cancer had spread to Beth’s lungs and was now incurable.
Dog vowed that his brave wife was determined to ‘fight every step of the way.’
In an interview with InTouch Weekly , he said: “I have to keep faith, I am the leader of the family.
“[Beth] thinks she is, but I am. I have to keep it where I don’t have any doubts and keep everything positive. I love my honey so much, I don’t know what I’m gonna do,” he added.
Last month, on US Mother’s Day, Beth revealed that she had stopped chemotherapy and was putting her faith in God instead.
Explaining that ‘chemo is not my bag’ and ‘poison’, Beth said: “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.”
She also began exploring alternative therapies including CBD and THC-based therapies.
Dog told the Mail Online this year that Beth was determined to spend the time she had left how they started their TV careers, tracking down on the run criminals as part of their new show Dog’s Most Wanted, which was scheduled to air next year.
Dog said: “My baby has cancer and she is fighting like hell. I have cried a lot over this because Beth is my everything.
“Despite all of the obstacles I have overcome, this is by far the biggest test of my life and mark my words, I will not let her die. She is my rock and my bodyguard. I will do everything I can to keep her here.”
He added: “‘She has told me repeatedly that if these are her last days on earth she wants to spend every moment with me on the hunt, living life to the fullest and enjoying the time we have left together.’
In mid June Beth was rushed to hospital in Hawaii following a 911 call reporting a ‘chocking’ emergency as she experienced breathing difficulties related to her throat cancer.
Staff at Queen’s Medical Centre opted to place Beth into a medically induced coma and her family rushed to be by her side where they kept a constant vigil.
Dog asked fans via Twitter to keep Beth in their prayers as it was then reported that she was ‘not expected to recover.’
Refusing to give up, Dog continued to all he could for Beth. He shared a picture of her hand as she lay in her hospital bed with freshly painted nails.
“You all know how she is about HER NAILS!!” he wrote.
But sadly, after a hard fought two year battle, Beth sadly passed away.
Breaking the news, Dog wrote: “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.”