Beth Chapman, star of long-running unscripted series Dog the Bounty Hunter, died June 26 in Honolulu. She was 51. Beth had been placed in a medically induced coma, according to CNN, as she battled throat cancer.
Dog the Bounty Hunter ran on A&E from 2004 to 2012 and helped reposition the network, which initially ran fine arts programming. Stars Duane and Beth Chapman were married. They had 12 children and split their time between Hawaii and Colorado.
Duane wrote on Twitter from @DogBountyHunter, “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.”
A&E ran a two-hour special on Beth’s battle with cancer entitled Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives.
Duane, known as Dog, and Beth also starred in Dog and Beth: On the Hunt on CMT, from 2013 to 2015.
Earlier this year, WGN America announced a series called Dog’s Most Wanted, starring Duane and Beth as they pursue fugitives. The Chapman couple were to be executive producers on behalf of Entertainment by Bonnie and Clyde.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that <a href="https://twitter.com/MrsdogC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MrsdogC</a> lost her battle with cancer today. She was an exceptional woman, all of us at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WGNAmerica?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WGNAmerica</a> will miss her tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with <a href="https://twitter.com/DogBountyHunter?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DogBountyHunter</a>, her family, loved ones and millions of fans. <a href="https://t.co/18YQBrHWec">pic.twitter.com/18YQBrHWec</a></p>— WGN America (@wgnamerica) <a href="https://twitter.com/wgnamerica/status/1143931677372112896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2019</a></blockquote>
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A WGN America spokesperson told The New York Times the network did not know how Beth’s death would affect the show.