DOG The Bounty Hunter has been seen out for the first time since the tragic death of his wife.
Beth Chapman, 51, died in a Hawaii hospital yesterday following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Dog, real name Duane Chapman, cut a sombre figure as he was pictured for the first time after losing his wife.
Just hours after breaking the tragic news on Twitter, he was seen close to the family home in Honolulu.
Wearing a denim shirt and shades, he was then seen walking with loved ones past a black Mercedes adorned with flowers.
Beth had undergone a number of hospital admissions in recent months, and earlier this week was placed in a medically induced coma.
She was first diagnosed with stage two throat cancer in November 2017 and later developed stage-four lung cancer.
Dog tweeted yesterday : “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 shot to fame in 2004 with Dog The Bounty Hunter, a reality series chronicling his experiences locating and arresting people who had breached their bail agreements.
The show was an instant hit, with viewers drawn in by Chapman’s street smarts, his team, and his attempts to rehabilitate and counsel the people he was able to track down.
The show ended in 2012 after eight seasons and was replaced in 2013 by Dog and Beth: On The Hunt, a spin-off series starring both Duane and Beth.
‘YOU WERE STRONG FOR EVERYONE’
Beth’s mum, kids, and grandchildren had gathered by her bedside at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Honolulu.
Sources had told TMZ that “not a lot can be done” and that the family had been “preparing for the worst”.
Daughter Bonnie, 20, led tributes with a series of posts on twitter.
“I’ll never forget you, mama,” she wrote.
“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.”
Daughter-in-law Jamie Chapman, who is married to stepson Leland Chapman, shared a bible verse, which read: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4.”
She captioned the post: “The Lord will do right by Beth. I will always love you and miss you.”
Stepdaughter Lyssa Chapman wrote simply: “Beth we love you.”
Chapman had to be put in a medically-induced coma on Saturday after she started fighting against doctors’ help.
She was understood to have started pulling out the tubes doctors were using to give her fluids and medications.
She had been taken to hospital from her Honolulu home after passing out momentarily, but was “not reacting well” when she arrived and had to be given oxygen.
TMZ reported that medics had to put her under mild sedation before going ahead with a full medically-induced coma.
Duane took to Twitter over the weekend and asked his fans: “Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you”.
The family spokesman, Mona Wood-Sword, had said the family were still hoping Beth would recover.
“Duane and the family feel she’s such a fighter, she could get better,” Wood-Sword said. “The family still has hope.”
Chapman had successful surgery on her throat in late 2017, but began chemotherapy in December last year after being told by doctors that the cancer had returned and progressed.
In April, Chapman was rushed to hospital in Hawaii with “serious breathing issues”.
Duane, 66, previously told Fox News his family’s faith and beliefs were what had kept them going through such a difficult time.
“Faith is probably the No. 1 thing in our lives, no matter what we’re faced with,” he said.
“Through this cancer episode, we had to drum up as much faith as we could. And the Bible talks about having faith as small as a mustard seed.
“And that’s not much… And I thank God that we had at least that much faith to get her through that.”
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Beth was Duane’s fifth wife.
The couple tied the knot in 2006 and became great-grandparents earlier this year.
She was last seen in public celebrating Palm Sunday over the Easter Weekend in April, and shared a smiling photo of herself dolled up for the occasion on Instagram.
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