Beth Chapman, who starred alongside her husband Duane “Dog” Chapman on A&E’s Dog the Bounty Hunter, has died. She was 51 years old.
Chapman was diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017, and though it was removed, it returned last year, leading to an emergency surgery. She was admitted to the ICU of a Hawaii hospital this past weekend and placed in a medically induced coma. She passed away on Wednesday morning.
After working in the bail bond business for decades, Beth and Duane teamed up to star in Dog the Bounty Hunter, an A&E reality series that saw the pair and other family members track down fugitives in their native Hawaii and bring them to justice. Debuting in 2004, Dog the Bounty Hunter ran for eight seasons and a total of 246 episodes before ending in 2012. (The two even documented their wedding in a 2006 special.)
Beth and Duane followed that series up with Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, a spinoff that aired on CMT from 2013 to 2015 and saw them assist bail bondsmen across the country in apprehending fugitives. After Beth’s diagnosis, A&E aired a special entitled Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives in 2017. The Chapmans were also planning a new series — Dog’s Most Wanted, slated to air on WGN America — before Beth’s health took a turn for the worse. The series is currently in production, the network says, but they have no further information on its status or when it might air.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that Beth Chapman lost her battle with cancer today,” WGN America said in a statement. “She was an exceptional woman, fiercely loyal and passionate about her family and she was a true joy to work with. All of us at WGN America will miss her tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane, her family, loved ones and millions of fans.”