Just a couple days before the two month anniversary of her mother’s passing, Bonnie Chapman, daughter of Beth Chapman and Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, is opening up about the last moments she spent with Beth.
As Dearly previously reported, Beth lost her battle with cancer on June 26, two years after she was initially diagnosed with throat cancer in 2017.
And while Beth’s husband has opened up countless times about losing his wife, this is one of the first times we are hearing from one of Beth’s children since her passing. In an interview with SurvivorNet, Bonnie said her dad is still obsessing over their last moments together in their home:
“My dad goes over and over and over what happened because he can’t get it out of his head. She quite literally choked on her cancer. My mom was naked in the bathroom and told my dad to look at her. And he goes, ‘I am looking at you.’ And she goes, ‘No, look at me.’ And then she was standing there and she started gasping.”
Bonnie said that’s when her sister entered the room and immediately called 911:
“And that was the last moment that we really saw her completely conscious.”
As Bonnie explained to SurvivorNet, after Beth was first diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in 2017, she had surgery to remove the tumor that was deemed successful. However, it was roughly a year later when Beth was told the cancer had returned and this time, it spread to her lungs.
According to Bonnie, Beth attempted one round of chemotherapy when she decided it wasn’t the road she wanted to go down:
“She did try one round of chemo, and it did not go well for her. She had very severe symptoms. She completely despised it. She despised who she was after that one session. And she had tried [the chemo] because so many people had been telling her, ‘Please, at least try.’ And she didn’t want to disappoint people by not trying it at all, but at the end of the day, she did not want to lose her hair, her teeth…”
The daughter continued by saying her mom didn’t want to feel like she was falling apart during her last months on earth:
“She wanted to remain as much ‘Beth’ as possible. Even though when she did pass, she had lost the majority of her hair, she was really happy to still have her smile and still look like Beth.”
Bonnie also praised her father for how supportive and helpful he was to Beth has her health began to decline.
She told SurvivorNet that Duane “had a love for her that was constantly growing stronger and stronger.” Bonnie said it was that love that told Beth, Duane was “really here” for her, and he was “going to take care of [her] until [her] very last days”:
“It was really nice to see her take comfort in that my dad was always gonna be there. Even as her hair started to diminish, he would tell her that she looked like an Egyptian goddess. He just loved her so much, and I’m really proud of him for sticking with her until the very last moments. That’s what she needed.”
Now, as the premiere date for their reality shows gets closer, Bonnie admits that the first few episodes of “Dog’s Most Wanted” is going to be difficult for them to watch because Beth is in them.
“To see new moments of [my mom] that I haven’t seen … it brings back a flood of emotion. It makes me feel like she’s still here, but then I’m brought back to reality, realizing it’s something that happened in the past, not right now.”
Nonetheless, while the days since Beth’s passing have been hard on her family, Bonnie said she’s extremely grateful for all the love and support their fans have given them over the last couple of months.
She said that even though her mom was known for being “larger than life,” Beth also loved her quiet time, something Bonnie hopes her mom is getting a lot of right now.