Even though Zak Bagans is the man who took Ghost Adventures to new heights, he is not the only one. Behind the scenes, Zak was supported by an equally competent team. One of the team members is Nick Groff. One of the show’s original paranormal investigators, Nick was also in charge of the camera. The on-screen chemistry between Nick, Zak, and Aaron Goodwin was one of the major reasons for the show’s success. This is why long-time fans of the series were shocked to hear about Nick’s sudden departure. In this article, we will take a closer look at Nick’s departure from the series and his wiki-bio.
Upbringing and Family
Nick Groff was born on the 19th of April 1980, in San Jose, California. He is the son of Maureen and David Groff. He has a sister named older sister, Dianna whom he shared early memories and childhood. Nick spent most of his childhood in New Hampshire. His family moved to Nashua when he was one year old, and then to Salem when he was six. He grew up in a natural environment, surrounded by woods, streams and hills. Nick was a hyperactive and athletic kid who excelled in swimming. He joined the swim team at age four and broke a national record for the fifty-yard freestyle at age ten. He also played soccer and basketball and attended St. Patrick School in Pelham. Nick’s parents, Maureen and David, supported his energetic lifestyle and encouraged him to pursue his passions.
Introduction to Paranormal
Nick’s introduction to the paranormal came quite early. He was a normal kid who loved horror movies and swimming. But when he was eight years old, he had a brush with death that changed his life forever. He fell from a tree and suffered a severe head injury that left him in a coma for two days. When he woke up, he felt different. He started to see things that others could not, like a dark figure in his house that whispered to him. He felt scared and ran away. He thought it might be his grandfather’s ghost, or something else. He also wondered if his near-death experience had made him more sensitive to the spirit world. This was the first time he encountered something paranormal, and it sparked his curiosity and passion for investigating the unknown. Talking about his first experience, Nick questioned his experience in the interview,
“Was it my imagination? Or was it something from my accident that made me more open to their world?”
Regardless of what it was, Nick was pulled into the paranormal world following the incident and has been researching ever since.
A Career in Reality TV
Nick first rose to fame alongside Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin, as they shot a 90-minute documentary entitled, Ghost Adventures. This was the first-ever episode of Ghost Adventures and has since gone on to become one of the best reality TV shows.
Even though Nick enjoyed shooting the first documentary, he never thought that it would reach the heights of today. In an interview with LovetoKnow, Nick revealed that he never thought Ghost Adventures would be a phenomenon.
“In the beginning, I thought we were just a couple of dudes going out to see if we could capture the unexplainable. If anything came of that, it would be awesome! I didn’t realize it would turn out to be such a phenomenon. Now here we are years later and still visiting amazing locations and gathering incredible evidence. It’s been a roller coaster ride.”
The Original Trio
Even though Nick was interested in paranormal, he never pursued it with serious interest. This was until he met Zak Bagans in 2004, both attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The duo were united by common interests and their passion for the paranormal. They also teamed up with Goodwin, who had known Groff for a while.
“It wasn’t until I met Zak though, that we decided to capture it on video. I really wanted to try and see it with my own two eyes. I’d known Aaron for quite a while. The three of us teamed up and hit the road, never realizing where it would take us.”
The trio hit the road in Nevada, where they filmed their first documentary film called Ghost Adventures. The film featured their investigation of alleged paranormal activity in and around Virginia City, Nevada, including the infamous Goldfield Hotel. The film aired on the SciFi Channel in 2007 and received positive reviews from critics and viewers alike.
The documentary “Ghost Adventures” led to a travel channel show of the same name in 2008, starring Nick Groff, Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin.
Ghost Adventures became a phenomenon, attracting millions of fans who followed the crew’s investigations around the world. Not only an investigator, Groff also became an executive producer, an editor, and a cameraman. He also contributed to the show’s music and sound design. He helped give Ghost Adventures its distinct style and appeal, combining professionalism with raw emotion.
Leaving the Show
However, after 10 seasons and 138 episodes of Ghost Adventures, Groff announced that he would not be returning to the show in 2014. The exact reason for his departure was never officially revealed, but it was speculated that he had a falling out with Bagans over creative differences and professional disputes. Some of the issues that may have contributed to their rift include:
Groff’s dissatisfaction with his role and recognition on the show, as he felt that Bagans was getting most of the attention and credit for their work.
Groff’s decision to create his own paranormal miniseries called Ghost Stalkers in 2014, which he promoted as being from the producer of Ghost Adventures. This angered Bagans, who publicly criticized Groff for using their show’s name without permission and for being disloyal to their team.
Groff’s disagreement with some of the methods and claims that Bagans made on the show, such as using provocation to elicit responses from spirits and declaring locations as haunted without sufficient evidence.
Since leaving Ghost Adventures, Groff has continued to pursue his passion for the paranormal by producing and starring in other shows such as Paranormal Lockdown, Ghosts of Shepherdstown, and Death Walker. He has also released music albums inspired by his experiences in haunted locations. He remains a fan favorite among many viewers who appreciate his calm and respectful approach to investigating the unknown.
He has amassed a net worth of $15 million through his career as paranormal investigator and various roles on television shows as a co-host, cameraman, executive producer and editor. He has also earned income from his book, Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost Adventures Crew, and his music albums, The Other Side and Spiritual War: Good vs Evil.
Personal Life-Divorce & Marriage to Second Wife
Nick Groff is married twice, his first wife is Veronique Groff. The couple tied the knot in 2004 in Las Vegas. In the years of togetherness, the pair gave birth to two children, both daughters. Their eldest Annabelle Groff was born in 2010 and Chloe Groff born in 2014.
Nick met Tessa DelZoppo after he divorced his first wife. Tessa is a talented medium and a former aerialist and dancer. She has the ability to communicate with spirits and help people connect with their deceased loved ones. She has been featured in Nick’s show Death Walker, where they investigate various haunted locations together.
Nick and Tessa fell in love and got married on October 22, 2021, in a spooky ceremony at the Salem Witch Board Museum in Massachusetts. A week later, they announced that they were expecting their first child together.
Nick Groff and Tessa DelZoppo are a happy couple who share a passion for the paranormal and a love for their family. They are currently living in New Hampshire with their children and their dogs. They often post pictures and videos of their adventures on social media, where they have many fans and followers. They are also working on new projects and shows that showcase their talents and gifts.