Sometimes death strikes without warning. When my father entered into his final reward, we were with him in a hospital room making plans for home health care.
Indeed, the passing of reality television star Beth Chapman seemed every bit as sudden. But her husband, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman was able to receive some sweet last words from her prior to her passing.
Declared in remission after her first treatments, Beth faced a more virulent recurrence of the disease in 2018. In addition to its more aggressive nature, it had also spread to her lungs.
She’d been hospitalized again on June 22, Hawaii News Now reported. Physicians had placed her in a medically induced coma.
They’d hoped that she could recover from her illness better that way. In fact, it seemed as though her family expected that she would.
“We thought we were bringing her home,” her daughter Lyssa Chapman said. But Beth would never leave her hospital room.
She passed away early in the morning on June 26, according to CNN. Duane shared the news of her passing on social media.
“It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain,” he wrote. “Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven.”
Later, he shared his last words with his wife. “When she had an attack I didn’t know anything to do but to say ‘in Jesus’ name’ and hold her,” he recalled.
“And when I said ‘in Jesus’ name’ she said, ‘Say it again, say it more.’”
He added that Beth also said, “‘I love you’ and ‘Are you guys all okay? Don’t worry.’”
However, Duane said that “she never accepted” the seriousness of her condition. The same couldn’t be said of her family.
“For a few years, we knew this day would come. It came really unexpected, really fast,” Duane said.
“All of her clothes, her make-up, everything. We didn’t prepare.”
The family is currently mourning their loss. However, they wanted to urge people not to donate to any of the crowdfunding campaigns that have cropped up.
“We don’t need any money at all,” Duane said. “There’s nothing being authorized from any of us.”
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