The Sun: Duane 'Dog' Chapman Finds Love Again with New Girlfriend Francie Frane Almost a Year after Beth's Death

Duane Chapman is head over heels in love, and the latest development even has the blessing of his daughter Lyssa Chapman, who's been protective over her father since Beth's passing.

"Dog the Bounty Hunter" found love almost a year after Beth Chapman passed away from cancer last June. Similar to Duane, his new girlfriend - Francie Frane, also lost her husband, Bob, to cancer.

 Duane "Dog" Chapman arrives at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards on September 24, 2008, in Hollywood California. | Source: Getty Images.

Duane "Dog" Chapman arrives at the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards on September 24, 2008, in Hollywood California. | Source: Getty Images.

HOW THEY MET

The 51-year-old rancher and Duane's path's crossed and a few months ago when Duane called Bob to do some work on their Colorado property. 

After sharing the news with Duane that she lost Bob a few months before Beth passed away, the pair began talking over the phone and grew close as they helped each other work through their grief.

"They are both so happy together, and they are good for each other. Francie has been very respectful to all the kids - and to Beth's memory - and my dad is the same way with Bob and their children," Lyssa Chapman shared with The Sun. 

THEIR BUDDING ROMANCE

Both Lyssa and family friend Rainy Robinson spoke to the publication about the budding romance and said that Duane is even attempting to stop smoking after they started seeing each other.

While Francie and Duane also attend church together about three times a week, Lyssa said that she is a "good woman for [her] dad," and that she hasn't seen him this happy since Beth adding:

"He's the happiest I've seen him in a long time - he's so in love and wants to spend the rest of his life with Francie."

THEY UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER

Since both lost their spouses to cancer, they understand what the other is going through, but they are also "respectful" of the memory of each other's former partners.

Dog's daughter Lyssa Chapman and close family friend Rainy Robinson told The Sun the reality star is head over heels for Francie - and say they couldn't be happier for the new couple.

FANS ALSO APPROVE

While the Chapman family approves of the new love match, Duane's fans wholeheartedly agree, as "everyone deserves to be loved." Netizens showed their with supportive messages, as one wrote:

Other followers also expressed their happiness that Duane found someone that understands what he is going through, and is grateful that he found "a decent lady."

The big reveal comes mere weeks after Duane Chapman shared on social media that he went to church and "is not afraid anymore."

The bounty hunter also made sure to send his love to his beloved late wife in the caption to the beautiful throwback picture of the pair together.

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