AceShowbiz - Duane Chapman a.k.a. Dog the Bounty Hunter has been spotted for the first time since his wife Beth Chapman passed away on Wednesday, June 26. Just hours after confirming the sad news, the reality TV star was pictured outside his family home in east Honolulu.
Dog's face looked somber but he remained calm as he spoke to someone on the phone. He placed one hand on his bare chest as he donned a wrinkled shirt which was left unbuttoned. The 66-year-old also wore dark shades and light wash jeans.
Earlier that day, Dog announced his wife's passing on Twitter following her battle with throat cancer. He wrote, "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."
Other family members have also taken to social media to mourn the loss. Beth's stepdaughter Lyssa Chapman, who put aside their differences to be by Beth's side during her latest hospitalization, retweeted her father's post and simply wrote, "Beth we love you."
Jamie Chapman, who is married to Beth's stepson Leland Chapman posted a Bible verse on Instagram with a picture of a hand reaching out across the desert. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4," read the quote. She added in the caption, "The Lord will do right by Beth. I will always love you and miss you."
Beth and Dog's son Garry Chapman wrote on Twitter, "These past few years you have stressed to be strong now I know why you always told me to. You knew that one day soon I would need the strength to bear your loss."
The couple's daughter Bonnie Chapman also quoted her father's message and wrote, "Love you forever mom. You've got a halo now." She added in another post, "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," she additionally wrote.
Just hours before Beth's death, Bonnie shared on Instagram a picture of her holding Beth's hand in the hospital room. She later changed the caption to read, "So thankful to call you my mother. Rest In Peace, mom. I love you so much."
While many have expressed their condolences to the grieving family, some people apparently were cold-hearted enough to post mean comments about Beth. Noticing this, Bonnie would not stay quiet and has clapped back at those haters.
"For those talking s**t about my mother after her death, shame on you," she tweeted. "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."
Meanwhile, WGN America said in a statement posted on Twitter, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that @MrsdogC lost her battle with cancer today. She was an exceptional woman, all of us at #WGNAmerica will miss her tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with @DogBountyHunter, her family, loved ones and millions of fans."
Beth and Dog were filming a new reality series, "Dog's Most Wanted", for the cable channel prior to her passing.