64-year-old Duane Chapman, better known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is well known as a reality television tough guy, rounding up fugitives from justice. But he’s also known for having a big heart as he counsels captured fugitives to turn their lives around. And his heart was on display to the world in a new TV interview where he gave a heart-wrenching update on his wife’s serious health condition.
Dog recently asked his fans for prayer when talking about his wife’s battle with stage two throat cancer. Beth Chapman is 50 and co-starred with Dog on the show.
“When we made a pledge many years ago, I said I’d love her in sickness and in health until death do us part,” Dog said at the time. “And that truth has really, really come alive in my mind. And I have to stand on that; I gave her an oath that I would love her forever. And thank God it’s not till death do us part at this point.”
His wife also said, “I will fight every step of the way. My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come. I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time,” she said at the time.
On Monday, Inside Edition posted their new interview with Dog and Beth. While his wife remained calm, Dog was racked with emotion.
“It’s just like someone telling you you’re going to die,” Beth said matter-of-factly about her initial diagnosis.
Tearing up, Dog said to Inside Edition, “I told the doctor, ‘If she dies, you die.’”
Taking a deep breath and choking back tears, he added, “I said, ‘I don’t mean to be like that. And I don’t mean to threaten you because I’m a good person. But, doc, if she dies, you die.’”
Now recovering after an extensive surgery to remove a tumor from her throat, Beth is hoping the cancer is cleared up and is, along with Dog, taking steps to make sure she stays healthy.
“He’s cut down smoking, which is amazing,” Beth said about her husband, “and doesn’t smoke around me ever anymore at all. But you cannot live the same way ever because life will never be the same again.”
“Beth, did you think that Dog would fall apart without you?” Inside Edition asked.
“Yes,” she replied, causing Dog to get emotional again.
Watch the interview below:
Earlier, Dog explained what it was like to tell their kids about the cancer diagnosis the first time, according to Radar Online.
“They would not accept the fact that mom was even sick. When I had to break it down to them it became mutiny on the bounty. It was devastating to me,” he said.
Beth added, “You have to have a little bit of realism. You have to look at the situation and think, this is serious stuff. You can’t always candy coat it…I want to hope for the best always, but you’re not always going to get the best. I needed to be realistic about things, and not look at this through rose-colored glasses. Because it isn’t rosy.”
Dog also emphasized the importance of early detection, and Beth explained that her first symptom was a scratchy throat that lasted a year before she had it checked out. In other news, South Korea has just responded after North Korea fired their third intercontinental ballistic missile toward Japan.