Duane ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Chapman has asked fans to pray for his wife, after she was placed in a medically induced coma amid an ongoing cancer battle.
Beth Chapman, 51, was admitted to the intensive care unit at Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii, the family announced in a statement on Saturday.
Mr Chapman, 66, shared the news via his official ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Twitter and Facebook pages, which he hashtagged: “#prayforBeth please”.
In emotional posts on the two platforms, the reality TV star asked fans to “say your prayers for Beth right now”, adding “thank you love you”.
Mrs Chapman revealed she had been diagnosed with stage two throat cancer in September 2017, but two months later announced she was cancer free.
However, a year later she underwent emergency surgery and doctors discovered the cancer had returned and spread to her lungs.
She began treatment for the disease in December 2018, but was “rushed to a Hawaii hospital with serious breathing issues” in April, Us Weekly magazine confirmed.
A source told the magazine at the time: “She hasn’t been feeling well of late and Dog is by her side. One thing everyone knows about Beth is that she’s a fighter.”
Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter)23 June 2019
Mr Chapman, who married his sweetheart in 2006, spoke openly to Us Weekly about his wife’s health at the end of last year.
He said: “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.”
The 66-year-old rose to fame in 2004 after the launch of his 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' TV show, in which he tracks down criminals.
After his wife was diagnosed with cancer the pair made a special programme called ‘Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives’, which included coverage of the 13-hour surgery Mrs Chapman underwent to remove a stage two tumour.
The cancer was later revealed to be "incurable".
In their statement to Hawaii News Now on Saturday, the Chapmans “humbly” asked “everyone to please pray for Beth.”
The family also said they sincerely thanked “everyone for their prayers throughout Beth’s battle with cancer.”