It's been over a year since the June 26, 2019, death of Beth Chapman. The wife of famed bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman, and a licensed bail bond agent in her own right, Beth Chapman was a beloved reality TV star via her and her husband's hit show, Dog the Bounty Hunter.
Beth Chapman passed away less than two years after being diagnosed with throat cancer. She was 51. The Colorado-born, tough-as-nails blond bombshell married Duane Chapman in 2006, though they'd been a couple, personally and professionally, for years before that.
From 2004-2012, the two starred together on A&E's Dog the Bounty Hunter, which gave viewers a peek into a career of tracking down criminals, as well as a look at the chaotic, but loving, home life of the Chapman family.
Throughout her years in the spotlight, Beth Chapman was extremely open with fans about her personal life, including her eventual health challenges with Stage 2 throat cancer. Chapman tweeted and Instagrammed about everything she was going through, including her self-consciousness about her surgical scars, and her decision to not treat her returning cancer with chemotherapy.
Beth Chapman and her husband chronicled her illness, her treatment and their large, blended-family's faith in the 2017 TV special, Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives.
After Beth Chapman's passing, many members of the Chapman clan shared tributes on social media. Beth Chapman's celebrity friends, such as Snoop Dogg and Wynonna Judd, also marked her passing with Instagram posts full of gratitude for her friendship — and condolences to her family. Here's a look back at the life of reality star Beth Chapman.
The future Beth Chapman was born Alice Elizabeth Smith on Oct. 29, 1967, in Denver, Colorado.prevnext
2. Small world
Denver is also the hometown of Duane Chapman, seen here as a teen in the 1960s. The son of a bail bondsman, Duane would go onto find fame as the bounty hunter known as "Dog."prevnext
Chapman met Dog when she was arrested after being accused of shoplifting. At the time, she was carrying an unlicensed gun, and was already wanted for unpaid parking tickets. Chapman's father hired Dog to bail her out.prevnext
5. Blonde ambition
In order to spend more time with Dog, Chapman set out to become, at age 29, the youngest licensed bail bond agent in the state of Colorado. "... I knew that if I wrote a whole bunch of bad bail, that the bounty hunter would have to come and sit in my office so he could go and chase my fugitives. So, I wrote all this bad bail so I could spend more time with him, and it worked," she said during an interview with A&E.prevnext
6. Big case
In 2003, Dog made world news by capturing serial rapist Andrew Luster, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune. Luster was hiding under an assumed name, and living in Mexico when Dog got him.prevnext
7. Big break
Due to the widespread publicity around the Luster case, Dog was featured on the A&E TV series Take This Job, a reality show about people with offbeat careers.prevnext
Dog's Take This Job segment caught the attention of the network suits. A&E set out to create a series around Dog, his staff and his life.prevnext
10. True love
The former Beth Smith married Dog in their adopted home state of Hawaii in 2006.prevnext
11. Blended family
By the time they married, the couple each had children from previous relationships, as well as two children together: Bonnie Chapman and Gary Chapman.prevnext
13. Second act
A Dog the Bounty Hunter spin-off, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, aired on A&E from 2013 to 2015.prevnext
14. Famous friends
Beth Chapman and her husband were good friends with Snoop Dogg. The rapper even posted a tribute to Beth Chapman and a special message to Dog on his Instagram page when she died. "Beth. R.I.P. Miss u auntie. Dogg. Be strong know that she made a transition and she has no more pain," he wrote in a post. Beth Chapman was also friends with Wynonna Judd.prevnext