Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman Says Reports About Wife’s Health Are ‘Fake News’

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
June 26, 2019 Updated: June 26, 2019

Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman said on June 25 that a number of reports about his wife, Beth Chapman, are “fake news.”

He wrote on Twitter, without elaborating on which ones, that 90 percent “of what you’re hearing is fake news.”

“I don’t mean to be nasty but some are filling in the blanks,” he wrote, adding that his family “will be releasing an accurate update soon. Please keep prayers coming!”

Chapman did not elaborate on what reports were fake news.

A TMZ report published on June 24, which had more than 318,000 shares on Facebook, reported that Beth Chapman isn’t expected to recover after she was put in a medically induced coma in Hawaii.

TMZ also reported, citing unnamed sources, that her mother flew to the state to be by her side.

“Family sources say there’s not a lot that can be done for Beth at this point, and the family is making medical decisions with the help of her doctors,” TMZ said.

Meanwhile, another source told Entertainment Tonight that Beth, 51, is in “very grave condition.” Reportedly, she was “heavily sedated” since she was admitted to Hawaii’s Queen’s Medical Center over the weekend.

It also added that her mother flew to Hawaii to be by her side.

The source also said that doctors are “doing their best to keep her comfortable” while the family prays for a miracle, ET reported.

Beth has been battling cancer since she was diagnosed with throat cancer in September 2017. In November of that year, the Chapman family said her cancer was removed, but in 2018 she underwent surgery, and reps for the family confirmed that she again was battling the illness.

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.

“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.”

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TV personality Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman (C) and family at USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California, on March 23, 2013. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

And in May, she said she wasn’t opting to have chemotherapy.

“Chemotherapy is not my bag, people. Sorry, that’s not for me,” she said to popculture. “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.”

Previously, the pair have spoken about faith.

“Faith is probably the number one thing in our lives, no matter what we’re faced with. … Through this cancer episode, we had to drum up as much faith as we could. And the Bible talks about having faith as small as a mustard seed. And that’s not much. … And I thank God that we had at least that much faith to get her through that,” Duane said several years ago about her cancer during the first bout.

“When we made a pledge many years ago, I said I’d love her in sickness and in health until death do us part,” he told People magazine of his marriage. “And that truth has really, really come alive in my mind. And I have to stand on that; I gave her an oath that I would love her forever. And thank God it’s not till death do us part at this point.”

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.