Duane 'Dog' Chapman Has Lost Almost 20 Lbs In Two Weeks While Mourning The Loss Of His Beloved Wife Beth

Date July 12, 2019 11:42

Life after the loss of a loved one is the hardest, but as J.D. Salinger wrote, "Just because somebody is dead, you just don't stop liking them."

Beth Chapman passed away from the battle with throat cancer on June 26. The star was only 51 years old and all life was seemingly ahead of her, but Beth left this world in the very early morning, leaving Duane and children in grief and despair.

Duane Chapman is slowly returning to work while still processing his wife's death. In the latest interview at PEOPLE, Dog the Bounty Hunter spilled the beans about his difficulties to be strong and happy. He said he has lost nearly 20 lbs since Beth's death since the grieving process effects on him physically and mentally.

I’ve lost 17 lbs. in about two weeks. I need to bulk up again. But I can’t eat. Two bites, I’m full. So I gotta force-feed myself like I force-fed her.

In fact, Duane Chapman finds it hard to let everything go. He still sleeps with a feeling as if his sweetheart is near him.

So right now … I haven’t gotten past the place where I’m still putting a pillow where she was and covering it up like the jailhouse escape. And then I wake up in the middle of the night and see her and it doesn’t register that [it] ain’t her. I’m still there.

The Dog the Bounty Hunter star concluded that a lot of people depend on him now — both family and work. His supervisors always say it's time for him to "man up" and that's why he's trying to do while mourning Beth.

51-year-old Beth Chapman had a memorial in a Hawaiian style per her final wishes. She knew she would die soon, so he taught all her family how to be strong and prepared them for a life without her.