Inside Beth and Duane 'Dog' Chapman's complex love story and 13-year marriage

Duane "Dog" Chapman is mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Beth Chapman.

Beth died on Wednesday morning, Dog confirmed on Twitter, after a battle with cancer. She was 51 years old.

Dog and Beth had been married since 2006, but had been dating on-and-off since meeting in 1986. Beth was 66-year-old Dog's fifth wife, after his previous marriages to La Fonda Sue Honeycutt, Anne Tengell, Lyssa Rae Brittain and Tawny Marie. But Beth and Dog's relationship was far from perfect when they started out, he acknowledged in his 2008 book, You Can Run But You Can’t Hide. Both came from rocky pasts before they met -- Dog was convicted of first-degree murder in 1976 after he had been waiting in a car when his friend shot and killed an alleged drug dealer during a deal to buy cannabis, and served 18 months in prison. Meanwhile, Beth's son, Dominic, whom she gave birth to when she was 17 years old, had been taken into state custody.

Even after meeting, the two didn't fall into a committed relationship right away. In 1991, Beth actually married Dog's childhood best friend, Keith Barmore, and they had a daughter together, Cecily. Dog admitted in his book that he was devastated when Beth married Keith.

"When I heard they got married, I got physically sick," he wrote, before claiming, "Friends told me he was abusing her something awful."

However, Beth and Dog continued to see each other despite being married to other people, and after they both got divorced, they finally got serious with one another in 1995. Dog ended up adopting Cecily, and he also had eight children from his previous relationships.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Duane "Dog" Chapman and Beth Chapman sighting on March 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Aguilera/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Duane "Dog" Chapman and Beth Chapman sighting on March 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Aguilera/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman (L) and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
WAIKIKI, HI - SEPTEMBER 12: Duane 'Dog' Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman arrive at the CBS 'Hawaii Five-0' Sunset On The Beach Season 6 Premire Event at Queen's Surf Beach on September 12, 2015 in Waikiki, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Chairwoman of Vettys Inaugural Ball Assal Ravandi, Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman, and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Beth Chapman, Duane "Dog" Chapman, and guests attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Beth Chapman (L) and Duane "Dog" Chapman attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: (L-R) Katie Cook and TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music Awards - After Party at Rocketown on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman pose at the Wonderwall portrait studio during the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Wonderwall)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: (L-R) Darius Rucker, Beth Chapman and Duane Dog Lee Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: TV personalities Beth Chapman and Duane Dog Lee Chapman speak onstage during the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: TV personality Duane "Dog" Chapman (L) and Beth Smith attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Beth Smith arrive at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Duane Lee 'Dog' Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: TV personalities Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman and Beth Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter arrives at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: TV personalities Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Beth Chapman attend The ACM Experience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on April 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 05: Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter (L) and Beth Chapman attend the ACM Experience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on April 5, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
TV personalities Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman and wife, Beth Smith arrive at Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen held at Sony Studios in Culver City. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
TV personalities Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman and wife, Beth Smith arrive at Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen held at Sony Studios in Culver City. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
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But what was supposed to be Dog and Beth's fairy-tale 2006 marriage in Hawaii was preceded by tragedy. His eldest daughter with his third wife, Lyssa -- Barbara Katie -- died in a car accident in Alaska the day before the wedding. Barbara was just 23 years old. According to Hawaii News Now, Dog and Beth consulted with a minister and decided to continue on with their ceremony, and informed their guests of the tragic news at their reception.

Heartbreaking family drama struck again in 2011 when Dog and Beth were awarded temporary custody of Barbara's then 9-year-old son from his biological father after a neighbor took an audio recording of their grandson allegedly being physically abused.

But despite their personal struggles, Dog and Beth continued to film their super successful A&E reality series, Dog the Bounty Hunter, which chronicled their experiences as bounty hunters. The show lasted for eight seasons before getting canceled in 2012, and the couple had a spinoff series, Dog and Beth: On the Hunt on CMT, before that series eventually ended in 2015. Throughout their time on TV, cameras chronicled their love for one another, including Dog's love advice for keeping his wife happy.

"You cannot win the heart of a girl by being mean to her," he once told a man he apprehended who was accused of abusing his significant other, during a memorable episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter. "That is not how you win the heart of a lady. You got to be kind, flowers, nice, loving, put your coat down in the rain ... You think Romeo and Juliet, he beat her a** all the time? Romeo knocked the sh** out of Juliet so she loved him? No. That's not what you do."

The show also didn't shy away from showing Beth and Dog's arguments, particularly, how Beth had no issue standing up to her husband.

"My husband is a sweet personality," Beth told cameras at one point. "The problem is when that Dog guy comes around. He's nasty, he's aggressive. He doesn't have a wife."

Meanwhile, Dog quipped, "How do you fight with a woman? We always lose. ... This is just a high-energy job, and once in a while, there'll be disagreements. But we're family, and that's what counts."

Dog was always fiercely loyal to Beth, particularly after she was diagnosed with stage two throat cancer in September 2017. In an interview with Inside Edition one month later, the usually tough-as-nails Dog broke down in tears while discussing her diagnosis.

"I told the doctor, 'She dies, you die,'" he said, choking back tears. "I said, 'I don't mean to be like that, and I don't mean to threaten you because I'm a good person, but Doc, if she dies, you die.'"

As for her scar on her throat from where doctors removed a plum-sized tumor, he noted, "Listen, she's beautiful. I told her today, I can't even see it."

In one of the more heartbreaking moments of the emotional interview, when Beth was asked if she thought Dog would fall apart without her, she bluntly replied, "Yes."

Sadly, last November, Beth's lawyer confirmed to ET that her cancer had returned after she was previously declared cancer-free. Dog continued to keep his wife's spirits up, sharing a picture of the two lying on a hospital bed together on Facebook.

"Another bend in the road, yet not the end of the road,#faith, #love #stayhumblepray," he wrote.

In March, Dog vowed to help his wife fight.

"My baby has cancer and she is fighting like hell," he told DailyMailTV. "I have cried a lot over this because Beth is my everything."

"Despite all of the obstacles I have overcome, this is by far the biggest test of my life and mark my words, I will not let her die," he continued. "She is my rock and my bodyguard. I will do everything I can to keep her here."

He also said he was amazed by her strength and positive attitude.

"She has told me repeatedly that if these are her last days on Earth she wants to spend every moment with me on the hunt, living life to the fullest and enjoying the time we have left together," he said. "The best part of my job is having her by my side on every journey. I can't imagine a day without her and think deep down inside she is always concerned for my safety because she wants the security of knowing I come home to her every night."

But Beth's condition continued to deteriorate. When Beth was placed in a medically induced coma at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu earlier this month, Dog asked for prayers.

Beth and Dog's daughter, Bonnie, later shared a loving photo of the couple together. Dog and Beth had two children together, including their son, Garry.

Up until her last days, as a source told ET that Beth was "in very grave condition" and that she was being "heavily sedated" in the hospital, Dog remained by Beth's side with a positive attitude.

"You all know how she is about HER NAILS!!" he tweeted, showing off his wife's sparkly manicure.

Sadly, Beth died on June 26. ET learned that she died at Hawaii's Queen's Medical Center around 5:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday and that her entire family was by her side.

"It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain," Dog tweeted. "Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Duane Lee Dog Chapman and Beth Chapman are seen on November 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Dog the Bounty Hunter and Beth Chapman are seen at LAX on September 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman (L) and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
WAIKIKI, HI - NOVEMBER 10: Beth Chapman (l) and Duane Chapman attend the Sunset on the Beach event celebrating season 8 of 'Hawaii Five-0' at Queen's Surf Beach on November 10, 2017 in Waikiki, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Beth Chapman sighting on March 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Aguilera/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
WAIKIKI, HI - SEPTEMBER 12: Duane 'Dog' Chapman and his wife Beth Chapman arrive at the CBS 'Hawaii Five-0' Sunset On The Beach Season 6 Premire Event at Queen's Surf Beach on September 12, 2015 in Waikiki, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Duane Chapman and Beth Chapman are seen on September 07, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Beth Chapman and Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Chapman visits the SiriusXM Studios on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman (L) and Beth Chapman attend the Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball at Hay-Adams Hotel on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Dog the Bounty Hunter, Duane Chapman and wife Beth Chapman visit at SiriusXM Studios on June 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Beth Chapman, Duane 'Dog' Chapman, and guests attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Beth Chapman and Duane Chapman attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 29: Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the Snoop Lion concert at The Showbox Sodo on August 29, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music Awards - After Party at Rocketown on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: (L-R) TV personalities Duane Dog Lee Chapman and Beth Chapman attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Beth Smith arrive at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: TV personalities Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Beth Chapman attend The ACM Experience during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on April 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jerod Harris/ACMA2013/Getty Images for ACM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Duane Chapman and Beth Smith (R) arrive at Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen held at Sony Studios on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 19: Media personality Duane Chapman (right), known in the media as 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' is joined by his wife Beth Chapman as he promotes his book 'When Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given' at Borders Wall Street on March 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 24: Television personalities Beth Chapman and Duane Chapman arrives at the Fox Reality Channel's 'Really Awards' held at Avalon Hollywood on September 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: TV personalities Beth Chapman and Duane Chapman attend the FOX Reality Channel Really Awards on September 24, 2008 at the Avalon Hollywood club in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Getty Images for FOX)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: TV Personalities Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Beth Smith walk on September 1, 2008 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
NEILL J. SCHUTZER/�2008 RAMEY PHOTO LOS ANGELES, 8/4/08 DUANE 'DOG' CHAPMAN AND HIS WIFE BETH SMITH AT STK IN BEVERLY HILLS NJSPS (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: TV Personalities Beth Smith and Duane 'Dog' Chapman attend the Ed Hardy Swimwear launch fashion show held at Christian Audigier's private residence on December 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Polk Imaging/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 03: Beth Chapman poses with her husband, Duane 'Dog' Chapman, as he signs copies of his new book 'You Can Run But You Can't Hide' at Borders on August 3, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Duane 'Dog' Chapman, AKA Dog the Bounty Hunter with his wife Beth. (Photo by David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images)
Duane 'Dog' Chapman and Beth (Smith) Chapman pose at sunset after their lavish wedding ceremony at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Waikoloa, on the Big Island of Hawaii, May 20, 2006. About 250 people attended the wedding. Chapman's daughter was killed the night before the ceremony (Photo by Lucy Pemoni/FilmMagic)
Beth Smith and Duane Dog Chapman during 2005/2006 A&E Television Networks UpFront at Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Duane Dog Chapman and Beth Smith during VH1 Big in '05 - Red Carpet at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: From the reality television show Dog The Bounty Hunter Beth Smith (L) and Duane 'Dog' Chapman arrive to A&E Television Networks Upfront celebration held at Rockefeller Center April 21, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
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