It’s a moment that had been in the back of the mind of Duane “Dog” Chapman since he heard that his beloved wife Beth Chapman had been diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer.
Yet, he still wasn’t ready for it.
“The last few moments she said, ‘Come in here right now, in the bathroom,'” Chapman recalls in a recent emotional interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I went in and she said, ‘Look at me.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, you’re freaking beautiful baby.’ [And she said,] ‘Look at me, Duane Chapman.’ And I did, I always saw Beth and she said, ‘Please, let me go.’ And I didn’t even make a decision, I almost said, ‘I can’t.’ Before I could say, ‘Alright,’ she couldn’t breathe and I called the ambulance.”
Beth Chapman passed away on June 26 at the age of 51.
“Everyday she talked as if she was not there,” Chapman continued. “’Here’s what to do with this, here’s what to do with that. Don’t keep running your mouth. When they ask you a specific question, just answer that.’ So, prepared? No, you’re never, ever prepared. You can’t prepare. There is no way. I did not know that this was going to happen that day.”
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Our prayers remain with Duane and his grieving family in these painful days ahead.