Beth Chapman's daughter pays moving tribute to her mom following her death
Beth Chapman, who appeared in the reality television series Dog The Bounty Hunter alongside her husband, died Wednesday morning at the age of 51.
The reality star was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in September 2017, and declared cancer-free just two months later. But sadly, the disease returned and spread to her lungs, growing to the point to that doctors declared "incurable." Earlier this week, Beth was placed in a medically-induced coma at Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii.
Duane 'Dog' Chapman announced his wife's death on Twitter, writing, "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."
Following that heartbreaking message, Duane and Beth's 20-year-old daughter, Bonnie Chapman, tweeted a moving. "Love you forever mom. You’ve got a halo now," she wrote. "I’ll never forget you, mama. You were such a strong woman, and you taught me to always be strong. You were strong for everyone, and you taught me it’s okay to let go.”
She also clapped back at trolls speaking negatively about her family just hours after Beth's passing. "For those talking sh*t about my mother after her death, shame on you," Bonnie tweeted. "My mother was a person and doesn’t deserve to be degraded because of ANY of her or my father’s past. My mother fought for women’s rights and was the kindest woman."
After that clapback, Bonnie shared an adorable picture of her parents, commenting, "So thankful I got your beautiful smile." In the following tweet, she added, "I’d never thought I’d lose my mom at 20. I told her I thought she had a couple years left, but in her eyes she disagreed."
The previous day, Bonnie shared a emotional photo, holding hands with her mom at the hospital. "Love you," she captioned the image. In the replies, hundreds of Twitter users sent Bonnie thoughts and prayers, expressing sympathy for family during this harrowing time.
Dog the Bounty Hunter aired on A&E for eight seasons, coming to an end in 2012. Dog and Duane went on to star in a spin-off series, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, which aired on CMT in 2015. At the time of Beth's passing, the couple was in the process of filming a new series called Dog's Most Wanted, which will reportedly air on WGN America in October.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that Beth Chapman lost her battle with cancer today," WGN America said in a statement, per People. "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."
Beth is survived by her husband, Duane, and her four children, Bonnie, Cecily, Garry and Dominic.