They’re saying goodbye. Beth Chapman passed away on June 26, and her family is holding two different memorial services for her. “Cecily and Lyssa Chapman invite the public to join the Chapman ʻOhana (family) for a gathering to honor Beth Chapmanʻs life,” the family said in a statement. “Beth had two homes — Hawai’i and Colorado. ‘I love Hawai’i the most,’ she said, so she will be sent off in true Hawaiian style, with aloha.”
Beth passed away at just 51 years old after losing her long battle with cancer. Her husband, Duane “Dog” Chapman, broke the news to fans through a statement he shared to Twitter. “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii,” he wrote. “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.”
According to her family, people attending the Hawaii ceremony are asked to bring ocean-friendly flowers, but no leis, because “the strings can be harmful to ocean life.” Additionally, Duane, 66, is planning a memorial service in Colorado, but details for that event have not been finalized and will be announced shortly.
News of the former Dog the Bounty Hunter star’s death came just four days after she was admitted into the ICU at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 22, and placed under a medically induced coma. Sadly, she was unable to recover from that episode.
Beth was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017. She underwent cancer removal surgery and chemotherapy and became cancer-free that December. The Dog’s Most Wanted star maintained that diagnosis for almost a year, but sadly, she was rushed to the hospital again in November 2018 and had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening blockage in her throat at that time. She then discovered that her cancer had returned and was receiving treatment for the disease since December 2018.
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Beth’s bounty hunter husband opened up about his wife’s determination to live her life her way until the very end. “She has told me repeatedly that if these are her last days on earth she wants to spend every moment with me on the hunt, living life to the fullest and enjoying the time we have left together,” Dog said. We really hope she was able to do that, and that her family feels comforted in the midst of their loss during her upcoming memorial services.
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