Two weeks after his wife of 13 years, Beth Chapman passed away, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is opening up again.

He told Entertainment Tonight that he is still grieving and processing Beth’s passing, but he is doing his best to move forward with his life:

“[With any] new experience that you have, you don’t know how you’re doing because you’ve never experienced it. I have a lot of people who depend on me. All my supervisors said, ‘Dog, it’s time to man up.’ So I’m trying to man up.”

Shortly before Beth fell into a coma on June 22, Duane and Beth had one final conversation.

Just before needing to call an ambulance to rush Beth to the hospital, Duane promised Beth that he “wasn’t going to let her die.” Nonetheless, Beth needed her husband to let her go:

“The last few moments she said, ‘Come in here right now, in the bathroom.’ I went in and she said, ‘Look at me.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, you’re freaking beautiful baby.’ [And she said,] ‘Look at me, Duane Chapman.’ And I did, I always saw Beth and she said, ‘Please, let me go.’

And I didn’t even make a decision, I almost said, ‘I can’t.’ Before I could say, ‘Alright,’ she couldn’t breathe and I called the ambulance… But everyday she talked as if she was not there. ‘Here’s what to do with this, here’s what to do with that. Don’t keep running your mouth. When they ask you a specific question, just answer that.'”

However, no matter how much Beth tried to prepare her husband, Duane admits you can never be prepared.

Beth’s original diagnosis in 2017 was hard on their relationship, Duane told Entertainment Tonight.

Both Beth and Duane needed therapy to get through it:

“For two to three years, she knew this might happen. So she would say, ‘Who is going to sit next to you?’ And I said, ‘No one.’ ‘Big Daddy, you better not let another girl take my place.’ I said, ‘I won’t.’ […]

There is not another Beth. There’ll never be another Beth. There ain’t a girl built like another Beth.”

Duane has since made the decision to continue filming their show on WGN, “Dog’s Most Wanted.” He said of being on set now that Beth is no longer with him:

“Even though she is not physically there, mentally and spiritually she is there.”

The bounty hunter wrote on Twitter the day Beth passed away:

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.

Beth was just 51 years old.

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7 Replies to “Dog the Bounty Hunter Is Still ‘Trying to Man up’ Following the Death of His Beloved Wife Beth”

  • DeeDee Lugo 2 years ago

    Dog my condolences I can imagine wat u goin thru but I no u r a strong she is sleeping in peace. She goes thru no more pain n she would only love to see u continue on with ur life. Believe it or not she is standing right beside u. She will always b with all of you’s. May god bless u n ur family. Can’t wait to see the new episodes of Dog the bounty hunter.

  • GWENDOLYN WILLIAMS 2 years ago
  • Gwendolyn Jones 2 years ago

    How do a real man suppose to man up when the love of he’s life left this world when we lose our love one we hurts so bad he love he’s wife so much I know how he feels some people can move on others can’t take as long you have too because the one telling you to man up don’t have a care in the world

  • judy belyeu 2 years ago

    With Sincerest Deepest Sympathies of the loss of Beth. The memory of you and her on DOG THE BOUNTY still plays in my mind….There are also some memorial pictures of you and her I would like…I lost the love of my life my husband 3 yrs ago…Beths spirit will be with you always.. She is looking down at you from Heaven comforting you….I will miss her dearly too…Grieve is hard but you got all of us to talk to and your wonderful family….GOD BLESS YOU DUANE DOG CHAPMAN WITH LOVE ALWAYS…..

  • Wanda 2 years ago

    Take your time grieving. Take some time for you. Everything your feeling is legit, feel it, hurt, cry but never give up. One moment at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time. It’s a slow process, painful process and it could take many many years to find yourself again. And that’s alright. Much love and prayers. God bless you ?

  • Ronda Eddy 1 year ago

    I absolutely think it is nasty and very compassionate to be told to “Man Up”…
    Grieving is a process and everyone grieves differently. Just because you are a man doesn’t mean you can’t cry and let your emotions flow. You are allowed that and everyone should respect that and give you time. 2 months is no time at all for loss like this and those pushing you evidently have not experienced a love and loss like this. Shame on them! And, it is not a case of manning up it is learning how To move forward and get through life in a different way than before. I wish you all the best and my sincere sympathies! God Bless!

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