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Beth Chapman, Reality Star and Wife of Duane 'Dog' Chapman, Dies After Battle With Cancer

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By Daniel Goldblatt

Beth Chapman, who starred alongside her husband Duane "Dog" Chapman on "Dog the Bounty Hunter," passed away on Wednesday after a long bout with cancer. She was 51.

We're told she was surrounded by family when she died.

Duane Chapman tweeted after her passing, 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."

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WGN America, which is slated to air a new reality show starring the Chapmans later this year, tweeted their condolences as well.

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Over the weekend, Chapman experienced a choking incident at her home when she was unable to "catch her breath." 911 was called and Beth was rushed to the hospital.

We're told doctors felt the need to place her in a medically induced coma to allow her body to recover from the traumatic medical emergency.

A ventilation tube was also inserted at the time to help with Beth's breathing. We're told doctors continue to treat her with oxygen as the family wants to make her as "comfortable as possible" while they pray for a recovery.

On Saturday, Duane Chapman asked fans to pray for Beth after she was admitted to the ICU at the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also thanked their fans "for their prayers throughout Beth’s battle with cancer.”

As The Blast first reported, Beth Chapman originally underwent surgery in September 2017 to remove a plum-sized tumor from her neck. She had previously said she was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer.

Two months later, Dog revealed she was cancer-free during an episode of "Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives."

"There is a God. This could be a miracle. This could be a healing," he said during the show. "[The doctor] said if I wasn't such a good husband, it wouldn't have worked out that great. Oh, I can breathe. Beth Chapman, you did it."

In late 2018, Beth learned her cancer had returned and she underwent emergency throat surgery after doctors discovered a large blockage in her throat.

Beth was also hospitalized briefly in April after the reality star had trouble breathing. At the time, a rep for the Chapmans told The Blast, "Beth was hospitalized Saturday due to an accumulation of fluid in her lungs. Doctors performed an emergency procedure to alleviate pressure that had built up."

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