Preparing for any outcome. Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is opening up to Us Weekly about how his wife, Beth Chapman, is dealing with news that her cancer is incurable.
“She’s like, ‘Here’s the casket I want, and here’s the flowers.’ I said, ‘Beth, don’t say that.’ And she said, ‘What? You don’t want me planning my funeral? Well, I’m going to,’” the reality star, 65, tells Us. “And she’ll say, ‘You have to face the facts.’ But I don’t want to.”
Dog also explains that he and his wife have discussed what will happen to him if she succumbs to the disease. “She woke me up the other night and told me, ‘You’re so damn stupid. If I die, you’re going to lose the farm.’ And I said, ‘Don’t you dare say that,’ and she said, ‘Well, it’s true!’ and I said, ‘Beth, we don’t even have a farm,’” he recalls. “[I’m] telling you that story because it shows that she’s still got her wit. It’s not in her brain. I don’t even like to hear jokes like that from her, though.”
Us has learned that Beth’s cancer is incurable and has spread to her throat and lungs. She is still receiving treatment in Los Angeles, with doctors recommending four to eight chemo sessions. The Dog the Bounty Hunter alum is also exploring alternate therapy options.
The 51-year-old underwent emergency surgery on November 27. Doctors discovered during the operation that her cancer had returned, a source confirmed to Us at the time. She was initially diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in September 2017, though the pair announced that Beth was cancer-free in November 2017.
In the meantime, Dog is relying on his faith and positive thinking to keep him going. “I don’t listen to the bad news. I don’t want to hear it. … I pray a lot, anywhere. I cry all the time,” he tells Us. “I’m a sinner. I pray a lot. I have done double that. I constantly ask God to heal my honey and make sure He takes care of it. I’ve been telling Him that I’m going to try and quit smoking and cursing. I’m a dealmaker, and I’ll do anything.”
With reporting by Jennifer Peros
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