Beth Chapman, wife of Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman, died Wednesday. She was 51.

Duane, 66, announced her passing on Twitter, writing, "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."

On June 24 Chapman had posted on Twitter a pic of his wife's hand where she lay in the hospital bed - sporting a perfect manicure.

 

He also shared the news that she had been placed in a medically-induced coma, and asked fans to pray for her.

 

 

In November 2017, Beth was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer. She underwent successful surgery, but doctors later told her the cancer had returned. She began chemotherapy in December 2018, but Duane told Us Weekly at the time that she wasn't necessarily co-operating with her doctors and wanted to explore alternative therapies.

 

Beth Chapman, the wife of reality TV bounty hunter Duane
Beth Chapman, the wife of reality TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman has died of throat cancer at age 51. Picture: Mona Wood-Sword via AP

"Beth will not take anything the doctors want to give her. Even the doctor told me he doesn't want her to have seizures if the pain is that bad, but she won't do it," he said. "She takes over-the-counter pain meds. She will not take anything prescription."

Dog The Bounty Hunter Promo: This series follows the exploits of real-life bounty hunter "Dog" Chapman and his family chasing down actual fugitives in the Hawaiian Island.

Beth wrote on Instagram in February that she was testing out CBD and THC-based therapies and alleged that chemotherapy was "poison."

Before she stepped into the spotlight of reality TV, Chapman was the youngest bail agent (aka bounty hunter) in Colorado at the age of 29.

When she was 19, Chapman met 35 year-old 'Dog' and the two dated before marrying in 2006.

Bounty hunter Duane
Bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman with his kids and wife Beth (right) who has died of cancer at the age of 51. Picture: Supplied

 

In 2003 the two were catapulted to fame with their starring roles in Dog the Bounty Hunter, in which 'Dog' pursued fugitives from Hawaii to Colorado alongside Chapman and his sons Leland and Duane Lee. A spin-off, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, aired until 2015.

- With Fox News.