It is easy to locate what we know but to find a mysterious creature needs out of ordinary. Meet the man, the legend John “Trapper” Tice who is a reality TV actor, a hunter, and a navigator.
Tice first gained recognition after dedicating to finding mysterious creatures in the Appalachian Mountains of the U.S. He spent decades investigating regional reports of mysterious creature sightings before co-founding AIMS.
Owing to AIMS Tice and his friend’s got chance to capture their work in “Mountain Monster,” a reality TV show first aired in 2013. Follow us to learn about him in this biography. Also, we have uncovered information about his marriage, children and net worth.
John Richard Tice was born on May 24, 1947, and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, USA. He passed away at the age of 72 on December 16, 2019. Belonging to American nationality and white ethnicity, Tice was a gentleman who kept information regarding family and siblings private.
Growing up, the woods of his birthplace became boon for him to learn the basics of hunting and navigation. It is believed that his father inspired him to become an impervious lad from a very young age which empowered him to be a tough lad.
He also showcased his athletic side during high school days at St. Marys High School. He was a standout football player. If we shade further light in his educational background, Tice was a fine welder owing to learning he received at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.
Before he became a reality TV actor he served in the U.S army. He was part of the Vietnam military group assigned to Viet Cong forest, a tough place to be.
During the war period, Trapper along with other members managed to survive those black time. Through thick and thin he managed to sink the danger, all hail to his navigation and survival skills which he learned at a very tender age.
After completion of the military in 2000, he began to live a normal life. He started in navigation, investigating the strange phenomena in his homeland alongside his friends Jeff Headlee and William Neff. Soon their interest became their job which results in the formation of a team called AIMS (Appalachians Investigators of Mysterious Sightings).
Seeing the unique work many television producers were keeping an eye on them and finally, the team began a television show called “Mountain Monsters” which aired for the first time on 22nd June 2013. The show is all about different cryptozoological sightings in the Appalachian mountains where his team members help him solving people’s curiosity.
Tice amassed a huge number of fans following through involvement in the reality Tv show “Mountain Monsters.” This was also his main source of income. According to the reliable source, Tice had an estimated net worth of $700,000.
Wife and Children
There are perks and disadvantages of being a public figure. Tice has been successfully able to deal with such issues. Among little things known about his personal life, he is the father of a son Joh. D. Tice and a daughter Laura Tice. He has concealed further information regarding their upbringing and educational background.
Also, the gentleman has not shared about his wife which insists that he likes to maintain a low profile regarding his personal life. The priority is to work only.
Health issues and death rumors
In 2016 there were rumors of the death of Trapper because the cliffhanger note aired an episode in January and people started spreading words of his death by fatal injury while an encounter in the wood. Later the death rumor was turned down by but yes he was struggling with injury.
In 2015, the U.S. veteran suffered a blood clot in his leg, leading to a series of problems that kept him off the show. The man himself has recently shared worry surrounding the condition.
I’m facing up to dying. I got to. That’s what’s happening to me. I’m dying.
He further added:
I think it’s a downhill ride from here. The last blood work I got, my kidneys were about 25 percent. I about croaked the last time I was in the hospital. It’s just one thing after another.”
Nevertheless, the tough lad admitted not worried about dying.
I’m one of those people that never worried about dying too much. It’s one of those things in life that you gotta face up to… Going through this has taught me you’re only here so long.
John Trapper Tice passed away at the age of 72
The “Mountain Monsters” star passed away on December 16, 2019, at the age of 72. He struggled with illness for some years due to which he even had to limit his role in the TV shows. The specific cause of death is not revealed however his obituary page says he died of brief illness at WVU Medicine Camden-Clark Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family during his last breath.