Her daughter Bonnie opened up in a new interview and described her mother’s final days battling stage 4 lung cancer.
“My dad goes over and over and over what happened, because he can’t get it out of his head. She quite literally choked on her cancer. My mom was naked in the bathroom and told my dad to look at her. And he goes, ‘I am looking at you.’ And she goes, ‘No, look at me.’ And then she was standing there, and she started gasping, and my sister came into the room and they called 911 immediately. And that was the last moment that we really saw her completely conscious.”
Bonnie also praised her stepfather Duane “Dog” Chapman, who stuck by his wife the entire time.
“Even as her hair started to diminish, he would tell her that she looked like an Egyptian goddess. He just loved her so much, and I’m really proud of him for sticking with her until the very last moments. That’s what she needed. She needed someone who loved her as much as my dad did. You know, I think that she truly feels that love now.”
With the new season of Dog’s Most Wanted premiering in September, new footage of Beth will air, bringing up complicated feelings for Bonnie and the rest of the family.
“It’s really hard I’m not gonna lie. To see new moments of [my mom] that I haven’t seen… it brings back a flood of emotion. It makes me feel like she’s still here, but then I’m brought back to reality, realizing it’s something that happened in the past, not right now.”
Chapman also admits that going through all of these emotions in a public sphere puts her in a difficult position.
“It’s very vulnerable … It’s unlike anything you could really experience. It’s having the whole world have eyes on you in an intimate way and to have the whole world know exactly what you’re going through.”