×

Beth Chapman, ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Star, Dies at 51

Beth Chapman, who was a staple of the TV show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” along with her husband, died Wednesday at a Honolulu hospital after being in a medically induced coma. She was 51.

Her husband Duane Chapman confirmed the news on Twitter. “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.”

The coma came after a fight with cancer, which became public knowledge in 2017 when the reality star announced she’d been diagnosed with Stage II throat cancer. While she noted she had become cancer-free by that December, the cancer returned last November after which she went through aggressive chemo to fight the disease.

Before being in the spotlight from “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” Chapman broke the record in Colorado for becoming the youngest bail bondsman at the age of 29. When she was 19, Chapman met Dog, who was 35 at the time, and the two dated before eventually marrying in 2006. It was in 2003 when the two were catapulted into fame with their starring role in the popular reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” in which Dog pursued fugitives across Hawaii to Colorado alongside Chapman, his business partner Beth, and  his sons Leland and Duane Lee. The series eventually came to an end in 2012 before the two starred in a spin-off, “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt,” until 2015.

After taking a break from TV, Chapman became president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States, and most recently her and her husband began filming a new show “Dogs Most Wanted” in February, which was set to air next year on WGN America. While a key storyline of the series was Chapman’s health struggles, it’s unclear if the show will still make it to broadcast in the light of her death.

In a statement obtained by Variety, WGN America wrote, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that Beth Chapman lost her battle with cancer today. She was an exceptional woman, fiercely loyal and passionate about her family and she was a true joy to work with. All of us at WGN America will miss her tremendously.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane, her family, loved ones and millions of fans.”

Chapman is survived by her four kids, Dominic, Cecily, Bonnie Jo and Garry, the latter two she had with Dog, as well as 14 grandchildren, one of which she gained custody over after Dog’s daughter died in a car crash.

POPULAR ON VARIETY:

More TV

  • Alton Brown

    TV News Roundup: Food Network Announces Premiere Date of 'Good Eats: The Return'

    In today’s roundup, Showtime releases a full-length trailer for “On Becoming a God in Central Florida” and Food Network announces the return of Alton Brown’s “Good Eats.”  DATES After taking a break from the series, Alton Brown will bring “Good Eats” back to Food Network’s primetime lineup with “Good Eats: The Return.”  In its first [...]

  • 9-1-1: Angela Bassett in the series

    Fox Sees Primetime, Sports Ad Gains As TV Upfront Wraps

    Fox Corporation is the latest to benefit from stronger-than-expected trends in TV ad spending, as the company notched strong gains in advertising commitments for its next cycle of programming – its first since selling off a large chunk of its media assets to Walt Disney. Ad demand was stronger than many executives anticipated, according to [...]

  • Charles Levin Obit

    Missing 'Seinfeld' Actor Charles Levin's Body Believed to be Found

    Oregon authorities believe they have found the body of the missing “Seinfeld” actor Charles Levin. He was 70 years old. According to Associated Press, Levin’s son reported the actor missing from Grants Pass on July 8. On July 12, search and rescue teams determined a search area in a remote area northeast of Selma with [...]

  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen Invisible Man

    ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Star Oliver Jackson-Cohen Returning for ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who was recently cast as the titular character in the upcoming Blumhouse-Universal Pictures feature “The Invisible Man,” is set to haunt viewers once more on Netflix. Jackson-Cohen, who starred in “The Haunting of Hill House,” will return to star in the second installment of the Netflix anthology series, titled “The Haunting of Bly Manor.” [...]

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Amazon to Develop 'Jack Reacher' Series

    Watch out Tom Cruise, there’s going to be another Jack Reacher in town. In a competitive situation, Amazon has won the rights to develop a series based on the protagonist from Lee Child’s novels. The series hails from “Scorpion” creator Nick Santora, who will write, showrun and executive produce. Child’s “Jack Reacher” series has sold over [...]

  • Fox News Media Taps Jason Klarman

    Fox News Media Taps Jason Klarman as Executive VP, Marketing

    Jason Klarman, a veteran TV executive who has served stints at NBCUniversal and Fullscreen Media, has been named executive vice president of Fox Corporation’s Fox News Media, and will supervise brand strategy for Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and other assets that are part of the division. Klarman will report to Suzanne Scott, CEO [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content