Duane 'Dog' Chapman Pays Emotional Farewell to Wife Beth Chapman

Lula Sharp
July 14, 2019

Friends and family of the late "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV show co-star Beth Chapman gathered in Colorado on Saturday where they remembered her as tough and irreverent, yet full of love even for some of the fugitives she helped apprehend.

Beth died on June 26 at the age of 51 after a battle with cancer.

"She was our lion tamer in the Chapman family".

In his heartbreaking eulogy, Dog shared the most handsome words about Beth, explaining all the ways in which he loved her, as well as recounting what made her special.

Tweed, who was BFFs with Beth, said "we came from nothing, her and I", adding that, "we spotted what we wanted, we waited and we got it", referring to their husbands. He recalled saying his prayers as a child, speaking softly to his wife as he said, "Bethie, now I lay you down to sleep", as his voice cracked again.

Her son, Gary Chapman, said he is still processing his mother's death.

The 2-hour service began with a lovely rendition of "How Great Thou Art", followed by some words from Pastor Marlon Saunders and Beth's close friends, including Dog's Most Wanted co-star Rainy Robinson.

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"I can not believe that she's gone", Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, said at one point. She was first diagnosed in 2017, but she was cancer-free within months.

"All my supervisors said, 'Dog, it's time you man up.' So I'm trying to man up", he added, explaining that sometimes his emotions get the better of him.

"I never imagined I would lose my mom at 20".

She also shared a photo of her parents smiling, and captioned the post: "So thankful I got your lovely smile". "I never thought that I would have to walk down the aisle without her", she began. "I've started to see myself blossom into a mini Beth, and I'm really glad I could take away her ferocity, just take away so much from her, and I feel like I'm so blessed to have her in my life".

ET spoke exclusively with 66-year-old Duane on Wednesday to talk about his upcoming Dog the Bounty Hunter spinoff - Dog's Most Wanted, set to air on WGN America - and he broke down in tears while talking about grieving the loss of Beth. And I said, "I don't know".

Tweed laughed and admitted Beth could, "throw me like a rag doll". "I haven't gotten past the place where I'm still putting a pillow where she was and covering it up. and then I wake up in the middle of the night and see her, and it doesn't register that ain't her".

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