Beth Chapman funeral: Dog the Bounty Hunter's son Leland pays tribute

Beth Chapman funeral: Dog the Bounty Hunter's son Leland pays tribute

Beth Chapman’s step-son Leland was in the front row at her funeral – which was livestreamed on Facebook – despite being hospitalised earlier this week.

The star was badly hurt taking part in a manhunt with dad Dog the Bounty Hunter, with reports claiming he had ‘torn his Achilles tendon in the chase.

But the 42-year-old made sure nothing would keep him from saying a final goodbye to Beth, who died last month.

He was seen looking visibly emotional as he watched the proceedings from the front row, as his brothers and sisters took to the stage with tributes.

Bonnie Chapman was the first family member to speak, and choked back tears during the memorial.

‘I never thought I’d have to walk down the aisle without her,’ she began. ‘I never imagined my life without her, it’s really tough without her. I never imagined having to write a speech about this.

‘I’ll never forget my mother. She was the most beautiful woman that ever lived. Look at this woman, look at her!’

As the crowd cheered, the 20-year-old continued: ‘I want to thank everyone who’s here.

‘I am so thankful she got to share her life and our family life with all of you.

‘The world is not the same without my mother, it really isn’t.

‘My family has been so tough and I admire every single one of them. They’ve all been pulling together for my father who has been doing the hardest job.’

Stopping to regain her composure, Bonnie added: ‘Beth Chapman will never be forgotten and that’s something I can say with great confidence.

‘No one will ever be a bounty hunter in heels like she was.

‘No one will be as great a mother as she was.’

Beth died in Hawaii on 22 June, after being placed into a medically induced coma.

Her husband – real name Duane Chapman – confirmed the news on Twitter.

‘It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain,’ he wrote, as he broke the news to his followers.

‘Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.’

The 51-year-old was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii, with a 911 call reporting a ‘choking emergency’.

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