Very sad news today out of Hollywood:

Beth Chapman, the wife of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, was rushed into emergency surgery on Tuesday morning due to a blockage in her throat.

According to TMZ, Chapman had difficulty breathing the evening before and was therefore taken to Cedars-Senai Medical Center.

Shortly after her arrival, doctors discovered a large mass in her throat.

The concern for those close to Chapman as soon as she was placed under anesthesia and taken into the operating room was that her throat cancer had returned.

She was diagnosed with this disease just over a year ago, but then declared cancer-free in late November of 2017.

Sadly, we do now have the answer.

And it’s the worst news possible for Beth and Duane.

with dog

In a follow-up to its original post, TMZ has confirmed that Chapman’s cancer is, tragically, back.

Doctors tell the celebrity gossip website that it’s too early to give a prognosis, but it’s very serious and they are currently evaluating treatment options.

The Chapmans have been together for over 30 years.

About 12 months ago, Duane opened up to Us Weekly about how the initial diagnosis had affected his wife, and, by extension, their marriage.

“She woke up once in the middle of the night and she’s like, ‘Honey, I’m gonna die.’ I said, ‘No, you’re not gonna die and I’m not gonna hear that,” Duane explained.

He continued at the time:

“She goes, ‘Yes, I am. You’re so stupid, how are you gonna make it by yourself?’ It has brought us closer.

“I’ve been with her since she was 19, she’s almost 100. Every picture I see of us together, I remember where it was. It just makes all those moments that you shared love a lot more real when that could be what you’re left with: just the moments.’

“It was hard as sh-t.”

And now the couple will need to go through it all again.

Beth, who also underwent surgery last year to remove a tumor in her throat, told Radar Online after she underwent the knife:

“I’ve stared down the devil more than once in my life but I’ve never faced a real life or death decision. My life has never been easy, and I surely don’t expect it to start now.

“Still, I’ve never been a victim and I won’t let cancer beat me.”

What a great attitude.

We wish her nothing but the best.