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MAFS relationship expert Dr Trisha Stratford has died, aged 72

The sad news was announced today.

Former relationship expert on Married At First Sight Dr Trisha Stratford has sadly passed away aged 72.

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr Trisha Stratford,” Channel 9 wrote in a statement following her death on September 18, 2023.

“Our sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to her family and those closest during this difficult time.”

Upon the news of her passing, John Aiken shared a tribute to Instagram, writing: “We shared an amazing seven seasons of MAFS together. She loved everything New Zealand, relationships, the All Blacks, the Black Caps, French wine and travelling the world. I’ll miss you Tish.”

In her last interview with Woman’s Day, Dr Trisha Stratford revealed that she once worked as a war correspondent, so when the Kiwi star joined Married At First Sight Australia as a relationships expert, she understandably figured she had more than enough guts to deal with the drama of reality TV. But six years later, after leaving the show for good, she says it was worse than she ever imagined!

“I thought I had very strong resilience after everything I’ve done in my life, but MAFS took me to another level,” says the clinical neuro-psychotherapist, chatting to Woman’s Day from a beach house in the Coromandel.

After the controversial seventh season of the show, she announced she was leaving.

“By the end, I couldn’t compromise my professional and personal standards because there were participants on the show who I felt shouldn’t have been there,” says Trisha, explaining producers didn’t listen to her pre-casting assessments.

“If someone gets through the critical selection process when we say we don’t want them on the show because they’re quite fragile psychologically, they’re not going to do well during or after the show.”

After leaving the show, Trisha moved in with her partner Roger and was focusing on writing and running her private practice online.

Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

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