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Beth Chapman, wife of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter,’ dies at 51

HONOLULU — Beth Chapman, best known for the A&E reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,”  has died. She was 51.

Duane Dog Chapman, her husband, tweeted the news Wednesday.

Chapman’s death follows a lengthy battle with lung cancer. On Monday, her husband and co-star, Duane “Dog” Chapman shared a photo from Beth's hospital bedside in Honolulu, where doctors placed her in a medically-induced coma.

In September 2017 the couple used the official Facebook account to confirm a report that she had been diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer.

They revealed during an A&E special "Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives" in November 2017 that the cancer had been removed, but it came back last year.

Wednesday, Duane Chapman tweeted Beth had "hiked the stairway to heaven."

Chapman starred with her husband on the A&E reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," which ran from 2004 to 2012. The show followed Dog, the mulleted bounty hunter, and his platinum blond wife Beth, who formed a ferocious team with other family and colleagues and tracked down bail fugitives.

The show filmed in Hawaii as well as Colorado, and the two got married in 2006 in a season three episode.

The couple then starred in "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt," a spin-off that aired on CMT from 2013 to 2015.

A new series on WGN America, “Dog’s Most Wanted,” is set to air in 2020.

Chapman was the youngest to ever get a bail license in her home state of Colorado, and, in 2016, she was elected president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States.

CNN contributed to this report.

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  • Matt n courtney

    R.i.p beth chapman thoughts an prayers with dog chapman or dog the bounty thoughts are with u along with prayers fan from michigan

  • Betty Burns

    RIP Beth Chapman… My thoughts & prayers go out to “Dog”, as well to all her family. Dear Heavenly Father please be with this family as they go through this terrible time in their life. Give them strength and may they find peace knowing Beth is with you now. She is no longer in pain. In Your Son’s Holy Name I pray, Amen.. May God Bless You All

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