It was an emotional day for Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman yesterday.
On Wednesday, May 20, the Dog’s Most Wanted star paid tribute to his late wife Beth Chapman on what would have been their 14th wedding anniversary.
Want the Top 5 news stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox before you even wake up? Sign up for the Fame10 Top 5 newsletter and receive 5 breaking news stories every morning!
“She said Big Daddy your [sic] going to be so sad when I am not here on our next anniversary,” he captioned a photo of the couple. “Why did she have to be so right??”
Dog and Beth tied the knot in Hawaii on May 20, 2006. Beth, who was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in 2017, passed away last June at the age of 51.
The 67-year-old reality star has been very open about his grief since his late wife’s passing, but he’s found comfort in his new relationship with Francie Frane, a 51-year-old rancher from Colorado. Frane’s late husband Bob also passed away just months before Beth, and she and Dog have bonded over their shared grief of losing a partner to cancer.
Last month, it was confirmed that Dog proposed to Frane. That same month, Dog opened up about his decision to propose to Frane and why he believes Beth would be on board with the engagement.
“I need a partner,” Dog admitted. “I’ve said it before. There will never be another Mrs. Dog. There is not. Francie couldn’t do that. There will be a last Mrs. Chapman. If Beth was here, and saw Francie and saw how she was raised, her morality and this and that, Beth would say, ‘Big daddy, don’t lose her.'”
“You’ll never forget the spouse,” he continued. “You can’t help it. I will never forget. But I’ve got to get out there. I’ve got to be able to say, ‘I came out of this and you can, too.’ As a human being, I don’t think you look for — not a replacement, because you can never find one. I’m learning that right now.”
“I believe in marriage,” he added. “Beth taught me.”