Dog the Bounty Hunter has revealed he lost 17 pounds in just two weeks following the death of his wife Beth Chapman.
Beth died on June 26 at the age of 51 at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She had been battling throat cancer for almost two years.
Now, Dog, real name Duane Lee Chapman, has confirmed he is finding it difficult to adapt after losing the love of his life.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, Duane said he puts a pillow down where Beth used to sleep which, when he wakes up in the middle of the night, he still can’t ‘register that it isn’t her’.
The reality TV star continued:
I wake up to always touch her, especially when she was sick I’d have to wake up a few times when she stopped breathing. I couldn’t hear it no more.
And she’s laying and I’m like, ‘You are not dying like that. I will not let you die.’ So I’m so used to that that I don’t sleep solid anymore.
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.
— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019
It isn’t just Duane’s sleeping pattern that has been affected by Beth’s death; the 66-year-old also revealed he’s completely lost his appetite since her passing.
I lost 17 pounds in two weeks. I can’t eat. Two bites, I’m full. I’ve got to force feed myself like I force fed her.
He went on to explain how Beth would help him order food by reading the menus at restaurants, stating he’s now having a ‘hard time ordering food’ because he’s ‘never ordered’ before.
Last month, in his first interview since Beth’s death, Duane thanked his family and friends for their continued support, while paying tribute to his late wife.
Chapman told Hawaii News Now:
You kind of try to remember that you’re celebrating life, but right now we’re mourning the death.
For a few years we knew this day would come. It came really unexpected, really fast. All of her clothes, her make-up, everything. We didn’t prepare.
The cancer gig, of course, we gotta find a cure, because all we have now is some get lucky, but most pass away.
The couple married in 2006, after 16 years together, at a Hilton hotel in Waikoloa Village in Hawaii.
They rose to fame with their reality TV show, Dog The Bounty Hunter, in which they tracked down criminals with the help of their extended family. This was followed by Dog And Beth: On The Hunt, and Dog And Beth: Fight Of Their Lives, while a new show called Dog’s Most Wanted has yet to air.
Beth is survived by her husband Duane, his sons Leland and Duane Lee, and her four children, Cecily Chapman, Bonnie Chapman, Garry Chapman, and Dominic Davis.
Rest in peace, Beth.
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).