They did everything they could to save her. Duane “Dog” Chapman shared what happened in the final days of his late wife Beth Chapman’s life in a clip from the season finale of Dog’s Most Wanted, and revealed that he asked their daughter, Cecily, to call the paramedics when her mom struggled to breathe.

“She was sitting down in the bathroom and all of a sudden she stood up and said, ‘I can’t breathe,'” Duane, 66, explained in the video. “She put her hands against the wall and started bouncing trying to get air. She went straight back, and I saw her eyes literally roll back in her head and she fell into my arms.”

He continued, “All I kept thinking was, ‘I have to breathe the breath of life back in her because I told her I wasn’t going to let her die.’ And so she didn’t, she took a big suction of air and I was like, ‘Cecily, call 911 right now.’”

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Courtesy of Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman/Instagram

On June 26, Beth passed away at just 51 years old after a long battle with cancer. Her bounty hunter husband was the one to break the news to fans in a sad statement he shared to Twitter at the time. “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.” Dog said something very similar in the clip when he revealed that his wife had died. “Beth usually gets up every day to hit Koko Head mountain here with the family, some of her girls and her dog, and today at that time Beth’s hike was the stairway to heaven.”

Before her passing, Beth was rushed to the ICU at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 22, and was placed in a medically induced coma. Sadly, she never recovered. In the months since, her husband and the rest of the family have struggled with their new normal. He told In Touch exclusively in August, “When she was with me, I would say, ‘Get in there right now cause someday maybe she won’t be here’ … I would pick her kleenexes up off the floor and say, ‘someday these Kleenexes won’t be here.’ Now when I go in there and they’re not there I’m like ‘I told myself, so it’s okay. I told myself so.’ So I kind of prepared myself whether she prepared it or not to, you know, see what it could’ve been like.”

“It feels like it’s not real,” Lyssa, one of Duane’s children with his third wife, Lyssa Brittain, said in the clip about Beth’s passing. Dog replied, “We’ve prepared for this for a while. I don’t care how much you prepare, it’s tough.” Our thoughts are still with the whole Chapman family as they continue to mourn and remember their beloved Beth.

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