“Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Duane Champman said that his wife Beth had remained selfless to the end, revealing her final words in his first interview since she passed away on June 26, saying that her death had come “really unexpectedly.”
Chapman told reporters, in an interview broadcast by Hawaii News Now, that her last words to him and their two daughters were: “I love you,” and “are you guys all OK? Don’t worry.”
“I didn’t know anything to do but to say ‘in Jesus name’ and hold her and when I said ‘in Jesus name’ she said, ‘Say it again, say it more,”’ Chapman said.
She then turned to her family and sought to offer them assurances before she finally slipped away.
Even though they had known “this day would come” for a few years, “it came really unexpected, really fast.” Chapman said, nearly breaking down in the interview.
“All of her clothes, her make-up, everything. We didn’t prepare,” he explained.
Beth Chapman, who also appeared in “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” died at age 51 on after battling cancer since late 2017.
Her death was announced by Chapman 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,” Duane Chapman tweeted.
The couple have talked about their faith previously.
“One of the last things she said [was] ‘It’s a test of my faith.’ She had faith and that was it,” Chapman told Hawaii News Now. “Well, the last step when you’re dying is to accept it, and she said to me the other day, ‘Honey, that last step, I ain’t taking…’ So go Bethy.”
Her death came on June 26 after TMZ and other news outlets reported that she was in grave condition. Over the weekend, she was placed in a medically induced coma.
On Twitter, Duane Chapman, 66, wrote to “please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you.”
Duane Chapman, 66, also told Us Weekly in December that she wanted to explore alternative treatment methods and wasn’t always cooperating with her doctors.
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.
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019
“Beth will not take anything the doctors want to give her. Even the doctor told me he doesn’t want her to have seizures if the pain is that bad, but she won’t do it,” he told the news outlet. “She takes over-the-counter pain meds. She will not take anything prescription.”
“Chemotherapy is not my bag, people. Sorry, that’s not for me,” she was quoted as saying by Popculture.com in May. “So for me, this is the ultimate test of faith. This is my ultimate lesson. And it will either be taught to me or to you. And I am fine with taking the hit for everyone else. Because I think I know another guy who did the same thing.”
In May, Beth issued a statement for the first time about her fight with cancer.
“Fighting cancer is the toughest battle I’ve ever been in,” the 51-year-old said, according to Page Six. “But my faith in God and the love of my family is helping me through.”