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On June 26, Beth Chapman, star of the hit reality TV series Dog the Bounty Hunter, passed away after a years-long battle with cancer. Her husband, Duane “Dog” Chapman announced the news in a sad, yet poetic tweet.
“It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven,” Dog wrote.
In addition to her family and friends, Beth had millions of fans who were heartbroken over her passing. Sadly, it didn’t take long before certain unsavory individuals attempted to take advantage of those grieving fans.
During his first interview since Beth’s passing, Dog warned fans that fake donation pages had already been established in the Chapman family’s name, and were begging fans for thousands of dollars on their behalf.
“We don’t need any money at all. Please, save your money,” Dog said, as quoted by Hawaii News Now. “There’s nothing being authorized from any of us.“
Unfortunately, that address didn’t stop the scams, and likely didn’t reach all of Beth’s grieving fans.
On June 29, three days after his wife’s passing, Dog broke a two-day social media silence to share yet another warning with fans. He revealed that t-shirts have been popping up for sale with Beth’s image on them, likely trying to pass off as memorial shirts or shirts honoring her life and legacy.
However, Dog says that none of these shirts have been approved by him or his family. In the first of two tweets, he shared that any shirt or product that has Beth’s likeness and doesn’t come from the official thebountystore.com website “is not authorized.”
Dog encouraged anyone who sees these imposter shirts to please report them to his daughter, Bonnie.
In the second tweet, Dog reiterated that if you see any memorial shirts for Beth that are not from thebountystore.com, you should report them. He shared the link to the store so fans know that is the only place to find authorized merchandise.
Dog and Beth’s daughter Bonnie also chimed in, repeating what her dad said and encouraging fans to direct her to any unapproved memorial shirts being sold in honor of her mother.
She also made it clear that Beth would not be pleased about the fake shirts, writing, “We did not authorize any of this, Mom would be pissed“
Again, the only place where you can find authorized merchandise with Beth’s image is at the official Dog the Bounty Hunter store website, which is thebountystore.com. Do not buy any “memorial” products for Beth elsewhere, and do not donate to any fundraiser claiming it is set up to help the Chapman family.
We’re sorry that the Chapmans have to deal with something like this during an already trying time in their lives. Our prayers go out to them.