Some of you may remember Dog The Bounty Hunter and his wife for their show about catching fugitives from the law.
They were a little rough around the edges, to be sure, and they had anything but an ‘ordinary’ work-a-day life, but they weren’t shy about what they believed.
In their own distinct way, Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman and his wife Beth showed kindness and mercy to the very people they were rounding up.
If anyone was wondering whether that was from the heart, or just while the cameras were running, this story is for you.
Beth was stricken with cancer, and just this week, her body lost the fight against it. She succumbed to the illness.
That doesn’t mean her story ended in defeat.
Bounty hunter Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman broke down in tears outside his home as he described holding his wife Beth in her final moments, as she asked him to repeat Jesus’ name.
Speaking in Hawaii on Wednesday afternoon, Chapman 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.”‘ [emphasis added]
Holding back tears, Chapman continued: ‘And then she, you know, she told the girls and everybody with her mouth and stuff she said I love you guys, are you guys all OK? But she never accepted it.’
Beth died early on Wednesday at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu after an almost two-year battle with throat cancer. She was 51.
News of her death was shared by her husband, who shot to fame alongside his wife on the popular reality show Dog The Bounty Hunter.
‘It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain,’ wrote Chapman. ‘Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.’
He told reporters outside his home of his stunned disbelief at losing Beth, saying: ‘So amazing. This is totally unbelievable.’
Next time someone publicly mocks ‘thoughts and prayers’ — think of this critical moment in the Chapman’s lives.
If you’re wondering about the story of her final couple of years, it was summed up in this video:
He echoed the words of Jesus when he said, ‘My final words are, Beth isn’t dead, she’s sleeping.’
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