Beth Chapman, Wife Of Dog The Bounty Hunter, Dead At 51
The reality star lost her battle with cancer just days after being placed in a medically-induced coma.
Dog the Bounty Hunter -- real name Duane Chapman -- revealed that his wife of 13 years, Beth Chapman, had succumbed to throat cancer at 5:32 a.m. on June 26.
Posting to Twitter to announce the devastating news, the star wrote:
"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."
The family's attorney also confirmed Beth's passing, telling E! News, "Sadly, Beth passed away a little while ago."
It comes after Beth was hospitalised at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu over the weekend, where she had been placed in a medically induced coma after complaining of pain and having trouble breathing.
Upon entering the hospital, Duane posted a picture to Twitter of his wife's famously bedazzled hands with an IV drip inserted, captioning the snap, "You all know how she is about HER NAILS !!"
The mum-of-four was initially diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in September 2017, after which she had surgery to remove the tumour from her throat. Two months following surgery, doctors declared the star was in remission.
However, just one year later, she was again rushed to hospital for emergency surgery to remove a “life-threatening” throat blockage. It was later revealed that cancer had spread to Beth's lungs.
In an interview with InTouch Weekly at the time, Duane said: "I have to keep faith, I am the leader of the family."
Dog and Beth had been together for 16 years before marrying in 2006 in a ceremony in Hawaii, which took place one day after Dog's daughter, 23-year-old Barbara Katy Chapman, was killed in a car accident in Alaska.
The pair later gained stardom thanks to their reality TV series 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' which ran for eight seasons until 2012.