Yesterday was not an easy day for Dog Chapman, his extended family and members of 'the dog pound' (fans).
Dog took to Twitter to share the sad news.
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's mother had flown from the mainland to Hawaii to be by her daughter's side. Her children and grandchildren, many of whom live in Hawaii have made the journey to gather at Beth's bedside.
Now, Dog has spoken out. In his first televised interview since the passing of his wife Beth earlier in the day, Duane Chapman thanked friends and fans from around the world on Wednesday afternoon for supporting his family during their ‘most terrible time.’
As he spoke to the group of paparazzi photographers and reporters who had gathered outside of his Portlock-area home, an emotional Dog said he was still trying to find a way to cope with Beth’s passing.
“You kind of try to remember that you’re celebrating life, but right now we’re mourning the death, so it’s not good.”
“The cancer gig, of course, we’ve gotta find a cure,” he added, “because all we have now is some get lucky, but most pass away.”
“For a few years we knew this day would come,” ‘Dog’ Chapman said Wednesday. “It came really unexpected, really fast. All of her clothes, her make-up, everything. We didn’t prepare.”
Dog also joked that on the bright side, Beth would appreciate being famous in death as she was #1 trending on Twitter yesterday.
Dog then said he's still feeling Beth's presence and had some final words for her.
“One of the last things she said [was] ‘It’s a test of my faith,’” he continued. “She had faith and that was it. There’s things you go through when you’re dying, like steps like you do when you lose someone, right? You get mad at them, and then you go through all these steps.”
“Well, the last step when you’re dying is to accept it,” Duane added. “And she said to me the other day, ‘Honey, that last step, I ain’t taking…’ So go Bethy.”
Lyssa Chapman (also known as “Baby Lyssa”) said her mother’s death came as a surprise.
“We thought we were bringing her home,”.
The Chapman family is also warning the public to beware of fake donation pages asking people for thousands of dollars on behalf of their family.
“We don’t need any money at all. Please, save your money," ‘Dog’ said. "There’s nothing being authorized from any of us.”
There will be memorial services in both Hawaii and Colorado.
“We want to make sure that people can show their love and support and it actually makes us feel warm and loved by our community to know how much our mother was loved," said Lyssa.
Lyssa said they will also be doing a paddle out ceremony.Dates and locations are still being determined.
Family Tributes Posted Below:
So thankful I got your beautiful smile. pic.twitter.com/4yRhAwh9xd— Bonnie Chapman (@Bonniejoc) June 26, 2019
Rest in peace Beth Chapman… a good lady and a great American. pic.twitter.com/lZmWZTAEjk— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) June 26, 2019
I’ll never forget you, mama. You were such a strong woman, and you taught me to always be strong. You were strong for everyone, and you taught me it’s okay to let go.— Bonnie Chapman (@Bonniejoc) June 26, 2019