Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman honored his late wife, Beth Chapman, in a memorial service Saturday. He told fellow mourners, “I can’t believe she’s gone.”
Beth’s funeral service:
The ceremony at the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora, Colorado. It was recorded and is available for viewing on the “Dog’s Most Wanted” Facebook Page.
Duane Chapman sat in vigil on the stage as family and friends paid tribute to Beth. The two starred together on “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and “Dog and Beth: On the Road.”
“She was so gorgeous,” he told the mourners. “People would say that and she would never believe it. But I told her all the time she is gorgeous, she was so pretty.”
Beth’s battle with Cancer:
Beth died on June 26 from throat and lung cancer at age 51. She was placed in a medically-induced coma the weekend prior at Hawaii’s Queen’s Medical Center. She already has a history with Stage 2 throat cancer. There was a smaller memorial service in Hawaii, and she was cremated, as per her final wishes.
Duane Chapman and Beth worked together:
Prior to her, she took part in filming for the family’s upcoming show Dog’s Most Wanted. But her husband isn’t sure how much of that footage will end up making it on the air. He finds it very emotional to see his wife’s scenes.
“I’ve already looked at some of them, OK, and I see her and I hear her and I freaking start bawling ’cause it happened,” he shared. “I just instantly start crying.”
DuaneChapman’s interview about wife’s death:
Dog went on to share that although watching videos of his wife may be difficult, they’re also a powerful way to remember her.
“I think it’s also therapeutic that you have those. You know, if you lose a loved one, then you have the little pictures you look at. But I have her alive in that show,” he added.
“I haven’t gotten past the place where I’m still putting a pillow where she was and covering it up like the jailhouse escape,” he previously told Entertainment Tonight. “And then I wake up in the middle of the night and see her and it doesn’t register that [it] ain’t her. I’m still there.”
He has lost over 17 pounds since he said goodbye to Beth. He is not able to eat more than two bites.
Beth’s funeral arrangements were announced on Twitter and Facebook, sharing that it will be held at the Heritage Christian Center in Aurora, Colorado.