Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman warns fans of buying fake t-shirts from unauthorized sellers, who are trying to monetize the late Beth Chapman’s recent passing.
It has only been less than a week since Beth Chapman’s passing, and people have already gone as far as utilizing her death to make money by selling her fake t-shirts. Her husband, Duane “Dog” Chapman and his daughter, Bonnie, condemned the sale of unauthorized shirts through Twitter.
The “Dog the Bounty Hunter” star warned fans of the scam and that their website is the only avenue by which authorized shirts can be purchased. He wrote:
“Any t-shirts with Beth’s likeness not from thebountystore.com is not authorized. Please do not buy these t-shirts, please report these ads and tag Bonnie if you see them.” In another tweet, he added: “report ALL of these shirts for Beth’s memorial.”
Bonnie also tweeted a notice, calling out to fans to tag her in the fake ads they come across. She added that her late mother “would be pissed” at the situation, had she still been alive.
Some fans have reported websites selling unauthorized shirts through tweets, including an online shop with Chapman’s photo printed on a white shirt, and the words “R.I.P. Beth Chapman” written below.
One fan shared expressed his thoughts through social media, calling those who monetized the Chapman matriarch’s death “rude and disgusting.” Bonnie also reposted his Tweet, which read:
“It is a damn shame and write down pathetic that people are trying to make a profit off of somebody’s passing from this world who was a legendary person who was well-respected and was an inspiration to a lot of people.”
Chapman died on Wednesday, June 26, at the age of 51. She fought a hard battle with throat cancer before being put in a medically induced coma the weekend before her demise; however, she never recovered.
As announced, the late reality star will have two memorial services in Hawaii, where she lived with her husband, and in Colorado, where she grew up. According to Dog, the memorial in Denver, Colorado, is “tentatively scheduled” on July 13.
On Sunday, the Chapman family paid respects to their late matriarch at Fort DeRussy beach in Waikiki, which is Beth’s most favorite place in the world. Reports say Chapman asked to be honored in a Hawaiian-styled ceremony.