Beth's granddaughter Madalynn experienced an emotional moment after walking into the late star's closet. Duane also shared further details about the Chapmans' grieving process.
Dog the Bounty Hunter star and an all-round angel of a human being Beth Chapman passed away earlier this year on June 26 at the age of 51. Her passing was a tragic experience for her fans, but especially so for the Chapman family, whose members are all extremely close and connected with each other. In a recent sit-down interview with Page Six, her grieving husband Duane 'Dog' Chapman revealed that the entire family is having a difficult time coping with their loss. He said that their granddaughter Madalynn had walked into her closet, only to share that she could still smell Beth, PEOPLE Magazine reports. Sadly, grief is, as the Chapman family knows too well now, a difficult and challenging process.
Duane said that she had stated, "Grandpa, I still smell grandma," after walking into her closet. It was definitely an emotional moment for both Madalynn and Duane. "She said, ‘Are you going give all of her clothes away?'" He continued. "[I responded], 'Those clothes are going to always be there Madalynn, forever as far as grandpa is concerned.'" The memory of Beth is still very much alive in every part of their household, it appears. The Chapman family is therefore reminded of her no matter where they go or what they do.
According to her husband, her presence is felt in every aspect of the Chapmans' daily lives. Duane told Page Six, "She loved animals, she carried weenies on the bounty to feed these dogs that are abused. We see a puppy, we see a dog, or we hear a song... She loved rainy days. So when it rains, there are so many things that remind the family of her." Of course, all the little things awaken memories of Beth. He added, "I know for sure that will never go away. Those memories will be there forever."
While the interview gave fans a look at how the family was coping following her unfortunate death, Wednesday's episode of WGN America’s Dog’s Most Wanted revealed what it was like for the Chapmans to learn of and come to terms with her diagnosis. In a clip, the show's narrator says, “In 2014 Duane ‘the Dog’ Bounty Hunter and his wife, Beth Chapman, retired from full-time bounty hunting. And in 2017, Beth won a year-long battle with cancer after having a tumor removed from her throat. But today, for the entire Chapman family, everything is about to change."
As the clip continues, Duane, Beth, and their daughter Cecily are shown driving when the matriarch receives a call from her doctor. The doctor explains, "I got some test results back on your immunotherapy. I hate to say it, but unfortunately, your tumor is not improving based on the immunotherapy. I need to advise you to start with some chemotherapy. I need to schedule a time to get you in as soon as possible. Would next Monday work?" Trying to blink back tears, Beth responds, "I need to process it first and call you back." The family then stops on the sidewalk, where Duane paces back and forth and Beth and Cecily wipe away their tears.
In an earlier interview with people, Duane stated that he was yet to watch any episodes from the upcoming series. "I have not looked at none of these shows," he said. "I looked at the first show a little bit, but at that time, I wasn’t able to handle it." The series will showcase Beth’s difficult cancer battle and the Chapman family's lives without the star. Truly, Beth will forever be missed by her loving family and loyal fans.