Dog The Bounty Hunter Opens Up About How Late Wife Beth Prepared Him for Her Death
Duane "Dog" Chapman is still grieving the death of his wife Beth.
The 66-year-old sat down with Kevin Frazier from Entertainment Tonight in his Colorado home and opened up about life after the death of his wife, Beth Chapman. Beth passed away on June 26th, following a two year battle with cancer.
He starts off by describing the struggles of losing a loved one.
"[With any] new experience that you have, you don't know how you're doing because you've never experienced it," said Duane, following what Frazier described as a long pause.
"I have a lot of people who depend on me. All my supervisors said, 'Dog, it's time to man up.' So I'm trying to man up."
According to Duane, Beth tried to prepare him for her passing in advance.
"For two to three years, she knew this might happen. So she would say, 'Who is going to sit next to you?' And I said, 'No one,'" he continued. "'Big Daddy, you better not let another girl take my place.' I said, 'I won't.'"
Beth was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in 2017. As her health deteriorated, she reportedly wrote an emotional letter to her friends and family to reveal her diagnosis. As Duane explains, her diagnosis also took a toll on their relationship which lead the couple needing therapy to come to terms with the heartbreaking news.
"I needed therapy and the therapy she used when she was sick was to hunt. Her therapy, you know, was hunting, bounty hunting, catching the bad guy."
Duane stuck by his wife through the good and the bad. Although he had already seen Beth at her worst, nothing could prepare him for his final moments with her.
"There is not another Beth. There'll never be another Beth. There ain't a girl built like another Beth.”
Beth did, however, try to prepare her husband for her eventual passing.
"The last few moments she said, 'Come in here right now, in the bathroom,'" he recalled. "I went in and she said, 'Look at me.' And I said, 'Yeah, you're freaking beautiful baby.' [And she said,] 'Look at me, Duane Chapman.' And I did, I always saw Beth and she said, 'Please, let me go.'"
"And I didn't even make a decision, I almost said, 'I can't,'" Duane continued. "Before I could say, 'Alright,' she couldn't breathe and I called the ambulance… But everyday she talked as if she was not there. 'Here's what to do with this, here's what to do with that. Don't keep running your mouth. When they ask you a specific question, just answer that.'"
"So, prepared? No, you're never, ever prepared. You can't prepare," he said. "There is no way. I did not know that this was going to happen that day."
A traditional Hawaiian memorial was held on the 29th of June and was open to the public to say their goodbyes. A second memorial, which will also be open to the public, is due to take place this Saturday on the 13th in her native Colorado.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Chapman family in these difficult times. Have you ever lost someone dear to you? How did you cope with it? Let us know in the comments - and make sure you pass this along to your friends and family