Beth Chapman‘s family held a private ceremony following her passing.
As we reported last week, Dog the Bounty Hunter‘s wife died after she was placed in a medically-induced coma. Prior to this, the reality TV starlet — who was 51 — experienced “a choking emergency” reportedly related to her stage IV throat cancer.
According to TMZ, during her public memorial service at Fort DeRussy Beach Park held over the weekend, Dog and family members boarded a private boat and headed out to sea to spread Beth’s ashes in Hawaiian water.
Per the publication, the brood did not spread all of the ashes — as they want to save some for future memorials.
(Reportedly, Dog is planning another event in Beth’s home state of Colorado.)
This send-off was a private event, strictly for family members.
In fact, during the public memorial service, a group boarded an outrigger vessel and paddled out into the ocean without Dog.
While the audience was distracted by the watercraft, Dog and co. quietly walked away to spread Beth’s ashes.
According to a different TMZ post published over the weekend, Beth had several discussions with her children about her memorial arrangements if she died.
Speaking of her children, as we wrote last week, daughter Bonnie Chapman clapped back at social media critics who made negative comments about her mom’s passing.
“For those talking s**t about my mother after her death, shame on you. My mother was a person and doesn’t deserve to be degraded because of ANY of her or my father’s past. My mother fought for women’s rights and was the kindest woman.”
In a different post, she wrote:
“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.”
“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.”
Beth was diagnosed with throat cancer in September 2017.
Though she beat the disease for a period of time, it returned in 2018 — which forced her to go back into treatment.
In November, Beth had surgery to remove a mass from her throat and started chemotherapy the next month. She was hospitalized again in April.
Dog the Bounty Hunter, which chronicled Dog’s dangerous occupation, premiered on A&E in August 2004.
Though the show was canceled in 2012 after eight seasons, the couple starred in a spinoff, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, which dropped on April 2013.
A new series, Dog’s Most Wanted, will air on WGN America in 2020.
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