Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife, Beth, are recalling the devastation of her stage 2 cancer diagnosis to Inside Edition.
“It just like hearing someone telling you, ‘You're gonna die,’ It was like, ‘What?'" she said.
The tough-as-nails TV personality fought back tears just thinking about the possibility of losing his wife.
“To me she's my little girl — she's my honey,” he said, trying to hold back his emotion. “I told the doctors, ‘[If] she dies, you die. I don't mean to threaten you. I am a nice person, but if she dies, you die.'"
Beth's battle with throat cancer is documented in a two-hour A&E special that will air Monday.
She went under the knife for 13 hours as doctors removed a tumor the size of a plum from her throat. The scar is currently covered with a bandage.
“I’m not beyond the superficial thing yet," she said. "It's still pretty big.”
But her husband doesn't notice it.
“I can't even see it. She's like, ‘That's 'cause you love me,’” he added.
The surgery was a success and the couple is now focused on changing their lifestyle in an effort to prevent any other health scares.
“He's cut down smoking," she said. "He's cut down amazingly and doesn't smoke around me at all anymore. You cannot live the same way again — ever. Life will never be the same way again."
She also said that while Dog is very tough, he would fall apart without her.