Duane “Dog” Chapman issued another statement on his wife’s passing this week.
“I loved her so much,” he said of Beth Chapman, who died at age 51 this week, adding he strongly feels “Beth isn’t dead, she’s sleeping,” Yahoo News reported.
He also warned people from donating to any unauthorized funds for Chapman, saying, “we don’t need any money at all,” adding that fans should send flowers instead of cash.
Duane also posted a video of his wife on June 28. He wrote: “People have asked me. What is something fans do not know about Beth… Here you go.”
People have asked me.. What is something fans do not know about Beth… Here you go ❤ @wgnamerica Marty Singer, Amy Weiss, Andrew Brettler @LelandBChapman @icEciLy @BabyLyssaC @dakotadog808 @Fast156 @theRealJaneBond pic.twitter.com/Om808KKV9k
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 27, 2019
He also said at a press conference this week: “Her way was to live. She wanted to live so bad and she fought so long, and the reason she fought, she liked life but she wanted to show people how to beat it and what to do when it got her,” according to Hawaii News Now.
Beth was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 before she was declared cancer-free. It returned in 2018 before she underwent surgery.
“Beth was somewhat of a control person—not from the grave but from heaven,” Duane told reporters. “I’m sure she’s still controlling me and I’ve got notes in my pillowcases, on my sink, in my shaving thing. She’s still telling me what to wear.”
“She did it her way. … Her way was to live. She wanted to live so bad and she fought so long, and the reason she fought, she liked life but she wanted to show people how to beat it and what to do when it got her,” Duane Chapman added.
“One of the last things she said [was], ‘It’s a test of my faith.’ She had faith and that was it,” he also said. “There’s things you go through when you’re dying, like steps like you do when you lose someone, right? You get mad at them, and then you go through all these steps.”
“Well, the last step when you’re dying is to accept it,” he added. “And she said to me the other day, ‘Honey, that last step, I ain’t taking…’ So go, Bethy.”
Notable Celebrity Deaths in 2019
Longtime R&B singer James Ingram died in late January. Quincy Jones, a collaborator of his, wrote, “With that soulful, whisky sounding voice, James Ingram was simply magical … every beautiful note that James sang pierced your essence and comfortably made itself at home.”
“Top Chef” alum Fatima Ali died on Jan. 25, after a battle with terminal cancer. She was 29.
Former “Top Chef” contestant Bruce Kalman paid tribute to her, “It’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Fatima Ali today, as she has lost her battle with cancer.”
Comedian and actor Bob Einstein died on Jan. 2 after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Daryl Dragon, or “Captain,” of pop group Captain and Tennille, died on Jan. 2 of renal failure.