Dog the Bounty Hunter's Wife Beth Chapman, 51, Becomes a Great-Grandmother Amid Cancer Battle
Beth Chapman’s family is growing!
The 51-year-old Dog the Bounty Hunter star, and wife of Duane “Dog” Chapman, announced on Friday that she had become a great-grandmother for the first time.
“My first great grand baby he’s adorable and he’s precious and he came 5 weeks early to meet me,” Beth, who is currently battling cancer, wrote alongside a slideshow of images that showed her cradling the newborn in her arms.
“Nothing more beautiful or inspiring than the birth of a new baby. A new Generation Of Chapman’s you will be an amazing father I’m very proud of you,” she added, tagging her grandson Dakota Chapman, 23.
Beth went on to also congratulate Dakota’s 42-year-old father, Leland Chapman, on his “first grand baby.”
“It just gets better,” she added.
Leland is the son of Dog and his first wife, La Fonda Sue Honeycutt.
Just days earlier, Beth shared a smiling selfie on Instagram with multiple hashtag messages, including “stay humble” and “pray.”
Her note came as Entertainment Tonight reported that she has begun chemotherapy treatments for throat cancer. Beth appeared to address that in two other hashtags on her post: “cancer sucks” and “it’s only hair.”
Beth was first diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in September 2017 — cancer that, two months later, she and Dog told fans had been completely removed. Unfortunately, the cancer returned the following year, with Beth rushing to the hospital in Los Angeles on Nov. 26 for an emergency surgery to clear a throat blockage that was obstructing her airways.
The Chapmans wed in 2006 after 16 years together. Their family starred on the A&E reality series for eight seasons until 2012. Back in November 2017, A&E also aired a two-hour special, Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives, documenting Beth’s cancer journey.
Both will be back on TV soon in Dog’s Most Wanted, their new show for WGN America.
Speaking to PEOPLE after Beth’s initial diagnosis in 2017, Dog vowed to support Beth no matter what.
“When we made a pledge many years ago, I said I’d love her in sickness and in health until death do us part,” he said. “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.”