WGN America will livestream this weekend’s funeral for Beth Chapman, the wife of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman.
The funeral will be held at the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora, Colorado on July 13 beginning at 1 p.m. MT. The service can be livestreamed from WGNAmerica.com and the “Dog’s Most Wanted” Facebook page. It is open to the public as well.
Chapman died two weeks ago from throat and lung cancer at the age of 51. Duane Chapman confirmed the news of his wife’s death in a tweet on June 26, writing, “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 announced she was diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017, but just two months later during a two-hour A&E special “Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives,” Dog received a call from a pathologist saying his wife was cancer-free. In November 2018, she underwent emergency surgery to remove a blockage in her throat, at which time it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her lungs.
Born Alice Elizabeth “Beth” Smith in Denver, Colorado on October 29, 1967, she and Dog met in 1986 when she was 19. Their on-again, off-again romance continued for the 10 years that followed, with them each marrying others during that time.
In 1995, she and Chapman’s relationship took both a personal and professional turn when they moved in together and joined forces in business. She became the youngest licensed bail bondsman in Colorado’s history (at 29) and ran their bail bonds office while Dog went bounty hunting. They married in 2006.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” ran for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012, and its spinoff “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” aired 2013-2015. WGN America will launch a new series “Dog’s Most Wanted” in 2020.