HONOLULU - Beth Chapman, best known for the A&E reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” has died. She was 51.
Duane Dog Chapman, her husband, tweeted the news Wednesday.
Chapman’s death follows a lengthy battle with lung cancer. On Monday, her husband and co-star, Duane “Dog” Chapman shared a photo from Beth's hospital bedside in Honolulu, where doctors placed her in a medically-induced coma.
In September 2017 the couple used the official Facebook account to confirm a report that she had been diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer.
They revealed during an A&E special "Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives" in November 2017 that the cancer had been removed, but it came back last year.
Wednesday, Duane Chapman tweeted Beth had "hiked the stairway to heaven."
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
Chapman starred with her husband on the A&E reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," which ran from 2004 to 2012. The show followed Dog, the mulleted bounty hunter, and his platinum blond wife Beth, who formed a ferocious team with other family and colleagues and tracked down bail fugitives.
The show filmed in Hawaii as well as Colorado, and the two got married in 2006 in a season three episode.
The couple then starred in "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt," a spin-off that aired on CMT from 2013 to 2015.
A new series on WGN America, “Dog’s Most Wanted,” is set to air in 2020.
Chapman was the youngest to ever get a bail license in her home state of Colorado, and, in 2016, she was elected president of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States.
WGN America released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that Beth Chapman lost her battle with cancer today. She was an exceptional woman, fiercely loyal and passionate about her family and she was a true joy to work with. All of us at WGN America will miss her tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane, her family, loved ones and millions of fans."
CNN contributed to this report.