Dog The Bounty Hunter Holds Huge Beach Memorial For Wife Beth Chapman

Following a battle with cancer, Dog the Bounty Hunter star Beth Chapman was placed in a medically induced coma before sadly passing away this week aged 51.

To pay tribute to his late wife, Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman held a huge, colourful memorial on a Hawaii beach because it was her 'favourite place on earth'.

Mourners attended the memorial which was held on a beach in Hawaii. Credit: BACKGRID
Mourners attended the memorial which was held on a beach in Hawaii. Credit: BACKGRID

Family, friends and fans gathered on the Fort DeRussy Beach in Waikiki, Hawaii, on Saturday to honour the star.

Duane said that Beth had asked that the memorial take place in Hawaii, telling attendees: "She said please Hawaiian style ... please do this right. She loved Hawaii and she loved people. The people mostly she loved."

The memorial was held in Hawaii which followed Beth's wishes. Credit: BACKGRID
The memorial was held in Hawaii which followed Beth's wishes. Credit: BACKGRID

As well as a 'paddle out' send-off - whereby mourners venture out into the sea on a surfboard - attendants also performed a traditional Hawaiian ritual known as an oil chant.

This was part of Beth's plans before her death, having explained to her family she wanted the services both in Hawaii and Colorado to be open to the public.

A source close to the Chapman family told TMZ: "Dog and Beth's children had several discussions with her about her memorial arrangements if she died."

Credit: BackGrid
Credit: BackGrid

The send-off was a stunning way to memorialise the star, who sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this week.

Beth was first diagnosed with throat cancer in September 2017 and later that year she was given the all clear. However, it later came back and spread to her lungs.

News of her passing was announced by her husband in a heartbreaking tweet, saying: "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."

Beth Chapman passed away after being placed in a medically-induced coma. Credit: PA
Beth Chapman passed away after being placed in a medically-induced coma. Credit: PA

The family continues to pay tribute to Beth, including daughter Bonnie, who posted a series of Tweets to express the love and adoration she feels for her mum.

She started off by writing, "Love you forever mom. You've got a halo now," and continued, "I'll never forget you, mama. You were such a strong woman, and you taught me to always be strong. You were strong for everyone, and you taught me it's okay to let go.

"I'd never thought I'd lose my mom at 20. I told her I thought she had a couple years left, but in her eyes she disagreed."

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Daisy Phillipson

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