The 26-year-old-child of Dog and Beth calls the final days leading up to the tragic death, ‘the worst days of my whole entire life,’ and admits the past year has been just as bad.
In a new interview, Cecily describes the last five days of Beth’s life for the first time ever.
“I can’t even believe it’s the first year. I still feel like I was in the hospital yesterday. It’s a rough feeling.”
As you know, Beth Chapman died on June 26th, 2019, after a two-year battle with throat and lung cancer.
As we reported, a week before her death, Beth was rushed to a Hawaiian hospital after collapsing having extreme trouble breathing. Cecily says about that day, “When it first happened, I just thought maybe she was just having difficulty breathing. “You don’t think about the worst-case scenario. I never would have thought that that was the last time I would speak to her that morning,” she told The Sun.
After arriving to the hospital, Beth was placed on a ventilator to help her breathe but never recovered. “This whole time I’m thinking she’s going to leave the hospital. And so when I got there [to the hospital] and I realized the severity of it, it was a game-changer,” she told the outlet.
“My whole world got flipped upside down and it was something that I was not prepared for,” Cecily says about doctors telling the family she was not going to recover.
One of the hardest parts of that week was calling Beth’s friends and her siblings to rush to the hospital to say their goodbyes. She describes playing Beth’s favorite songs and talking to her even though she was unable to respond.
In the end, Cecily says the family made the hard decision to leave the hospital and give themselves a break, knowing they may get the call she had passed away.
Earlier the next morning she passed. “She finally went at 5:32 AM in the morning. She hiked up the Koko Head stairs for the last time,” Dog’s daughter told The Sun.
“It was very traumatizing. I felt guilty that I wasn’t with her, but we stayed as long as we could possibly stay and after a while, the staff were asking us to ‘please leave’. “They didn’t want us there because I felt like she was sticking around because we were there… I feel like us being there was preventing her from going,” Cecily recalled.
In a heartbreaking realization, Dog’s daughter describes the desire to talk to her mom about life issues and guidance as she grows up. “I never thought in a million years, my whole 26th year would be the worst year of my life – just due to not being with her,” she said.
She continued, “You know, there are always questions that I wish I had asked before just things about life, taxes, all kinds of things. It has definitely been a learning experience and I feel I’ve had to grow up fast.”
Dog The Bounty Hunter’s daugter says she plans to celebrate the anniversary of Beth Chapman’s death later this month with several events with the family.
She’s planning on taking Beth’s favorite hike in Hawaii and then organizing “a paddle out ceremony in Waimanalo Bay” so other friends and family can honor her mother.
“I want to do a paddle out during her favorite time, sunset hour, and then before that in the morning I plan on doing a hike and laying flowers in some of her favorite spots,” she told The Sun.