Dog the Bounty Hunter has celebrated the life of late wife Beth Chapman at her funeral, saying he couldn’t believe his ‘bounty huntress’ was gone.
Beth, who was 51, had been placed in a medically-induced coma after being treated for cancer over the past few years.
Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman confirmed that Beth had sadly passed away on 26 June, announcing in a tweet: “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.”
Her public memorial on Saturday was held at a church in Aurora, Colorado, which was filled with family, friends and fans celebrating her life in an emotional service live-streamed to the world.
Friends speaking at Beth’s memorial service on Saturday. Credit: Instagram/@dogthebountyhunterteam
Duane shared anecdotes about their time together, including how they met and their early romance.
“I met Beth, I posted her bond for stealing a lemon,” he recounted.
“She walked into the office and I thought ‘oh yes she will be mine.”
He apparently rushed to get Beth’s case finished because his boss didn’t let him date clients.
Explaining how he once spent 18 months in a Texas penitentiary in the 70s, he also admitted: “I told God yesterday I’d do five years, 10 years day to day just to kiss her again. I never felt like this.”
Dog said he was ‘completely unprepared‘ for his wife’s death, breaking down while speaking to the crowd.
“I cannot believe she’s gone, this is not possible,” he said through sobs, referring to her as ‘our lion tamer’.
“I want to wake up from a dream.”
Beth and Duane Chapman. Credit: PA
Dog also revealed he had plans to leave her closet untouched, adding: “This morning, I could smell her.”
Many other family members and friends took the opportunity to remember and honour Beth, including her daughter Bonnie.
“I’ve never imagined I would lose my mom at 20,” she said.
“I never imagined walking down the aisle without her or her not judging my dress. I never imagined a life without her, it’s really tough now being without her.”
She added: “No one will be as great of a mother as she was, she has taught all of her children to be independent, to stick up for themselves and to do what they think is right.”
Rest in peace, Beth.
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