How Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman Said Goodbye to Wife Beth Chapman
Family and friends said goodbye to Dog the Bounty Hunter star Beth Chapman on Saturday (June 29), giving the television star the traditional Hawaiian sendoff she wanted.
Video shows a large crowd gathering at Fort DeRussy Beach to pay tribute to the 51-year-old. A moving speech from Duane "Dog" Chapman was the centerpiece. Much like his comments to the press after Chapman's death, it was a mix of candor, tears and laughter.
"After my mom died, I said well, 'My mom is in the Earth,'" he begins in video obtained by TMZ. "In my tribe, we believe she becomes part of the Earth, the sea, the sky, and the rain. Beth is going to be placed here too, she got here before I did — it's my island."
Fans laughed at his faux outrage.
Hawaii News Now shares that an 'oli and traditional Hawaiian blessing were part of the memorial service. Family and friends then began a massive paddle-out from the beach, with Dog joining in via a larger vessel, tossing flowers and spreading ashes. Fans traveled from all over to witness the moment, the first of two public memorials scheduled. The Hawaiian news website also reports that reality television show cameras were on hand making it seem likely scenes will be featured in the Chapman's next television venture, Dog's Most Wanted when it premieres on WGN this year.
Chapman died on June 26 after a battle with cancer. Initially diagnosed with Stage II throat cancer in 2017, she beat the disease within months. She announced that her cancer had returned in November of 2018, and later said that she would not undergo any further chemotherapy.
A second memorial is tentatively slated for July 13 in Denver, Dog Chapman shared on Twitter on Monday morning.
"We have tentatively scheduled July 13 in Denver to tuck her in" he writes, "tell her goodnight, for she sleepeth. More details will follow... time, place, ect.(sic)" The Chapmans lived in both Hawaii and Colorado.
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