For the first time since the passing of his wife, Dog The Bounty Hunter reality star Duane Chapman is speaking out. In an interview with Hawaii News Now, Chapman expressed how grateful he has been for everyone’s support.
Beth Chapman died on June 26th after a battle with throat cancer. Two years ago, she discovered the cancer and had been fighting it since. She had surgery in 2017, and was public about her experiences since. Beth passed away at the age of 51, after being placed in a medically induced coma.
In the interview, Duane Chapman thanked everyone for their support but said they needed no money. They want people to stay safe from any scam pages that are collecting money on their behalf.
Chapman said that although they knew that this was coming, it happened so quickly they weren’t prepared. He choked up with tears when stating "It came really unexpected, really fast," he added. "All of her clothes are exactly where they were, her make-up, everything. We didn’t prepare.”
He also talked about the importance of finding a cure for cancer, stating “some get lucky, but most pass away.”
The pair is best known for their popular T.V. reality series, Dog The Bounty Hunter which ran on A&E. The show was about Duane Chapman’s life as a bounty hunter, and his large family network. Beth Chapman co-starred in the series. In 2017 she was diagnosed with throat cancer and fought hard since. She was recently placed in a medically induced coma just prior to her death last Wednesday.
In the interview with Hawaii News Now, Chapman struggled to come to terms with her passing, stating "You kind of try to remember that you’re celebrating life, but right now we’re mourning the death."
Chapman spoke fondly of his late wife and joked that she would still be controlling him from Heaven. He spoke of how she would be dearly missed and how their family has been so grateful for the outpouring of support. He made a point of stating that if people want to show love they do so by sending flowers rather than money to any unauthorized donation accounts.
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