Beth Smith is an American bail bondsman and a producer and actress. She was initially the youngest licensed bail bondsman. She has done some shows with her current husband Duane Chapman namely the 2003 TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dog, and Beth: On the Hunt (2013) and Dog: The Family Speaks (2006).
Beth Smith diagnosed with throat cancer
Beth Smith also known as Beth Chapman has been diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017. Her husband had confirmed the news on his Facebook and has thanked fans and supporters for their prayers. He wrote:
“Thank you for your healing prayers and love for Beth during this difficult time,”
Earlier Beth had broken the sad news to her friends in a letter. She had written:
“I’ve been dealt my share of unexpected blows over the course of my almost fifty years but nothing as serious as the one I heard from my doctors two weeks ago when they uttered those dreaded three words, ‘You have cancer.’”
“After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage II throat cancer. I have what is referred to as a T2 Tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing. My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses.”
She kept a positive attitude and said:
“I’ve never been a victim and I won’t let cancer beat me.”
She ended her letter by the following words:
“My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come… I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time.”
Beth Smith’s relations with her husband and children
Beth Smith is the fifth wife of Duane Chapman ‘the Dog’. The two got married on 20 May 2006 at Hilton Hotel, Waikoloa Village in Hawaii, United States. They love each other and live happily in their house with the other kids from their previous relationships. Beth was initially married to Keith A. Barmore. The marriage was solemnized on 26 August 1991. Beth has a daughter named Cecily Barmore from her ex-husband.
Duane Chapman has 12 children of his own out of five marriages and one relationship:
a) Duane had first married La Fonda Sue Honeycut in 1972. The couple had two children; Duane Lee Chapman II and Leland Chapman. They got divorced in 1979.
b) He then married Anne M. Tegnell in 1979. Their children are Wesley Chapman, Zebediah Duane Chapman, and J.R. James Chapman. The couple divorced in 1982. Zebediah had died when he was just 27 years old.
c) Duane then married his girlfriend, Lyssa Rae Brittain in 1982. The couple also had three children; two daughters named Barbara Katie Chapman and Baby Lyssa Rae Chapman and one son named Tucker Dee Chapman. However, he got separated from Lyssa in 1991. He lost Barbara Katie in a car accident in 2006.
d) He then started a relationship with Tawny Marie in 1991 and married her the same year. They got a divorced in 2003.
e) He then married Beth Smith. The couple has two children named Bonnie Chapman and Garry Chapman.
Duane also has a son named Christopher Michael Hecht with his high school girlfriend Debbie White. He came to know about this son recently.
He also has one son called Nicholas but it is not known who the mother of this child is.
About Beth Smith’s life and career
Beth was born on 29 October 1967 in Denver, Colorado, the USA. Her father was Garry Smith and he was a famous baseball player who played in the Professional Baseball League for the Kansas City Athletics. Her early childhood was spent in Denver before the family moved to Hawaii. She started working as a bail bondsperson. She also has served as a waitress, ice skater, gymnast, and nightclub singer during her earlier career days.
She then ventured into productions and was quite successful there.
She had recently reduced her body weight and was appearing beautiful and slim.