Former Married at First Sight relationship expert Dr Trisha Stratford dead at 72: ‘Heartbroken and devastated’

Former Married at First Sight relationship expert Dr Trisha Stratford dead at 72: ‘Heartbroken and devastated’

Former Married at First Sight relationship expert Dr Trisha Stratford has died aged 72.

The clinical neuropsychotherapist was one of the original experts when the reality dating show first launched in 2015 alongside John Aiken and Melanie Schilling until 2020.

“We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr Trisha Stratford,” Channel 9 said in a statement confirming her death.

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

Aiken has led the tribute to the beloved TV personality.

“I’m heartbroken and devastated that my friend and dear colleague Trisha has passed away,” he said in an Instagram post.

Melanie Schilling, Dr Trisha Stratford and John Aiken were the original MAFS experts. Credit: Nine

“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.

“Thank you for all the memories.”

Schilling also paid tribute to Dr Stratford, calling her a “MAFS pioneer”.

“Very sad to hear the news of Dr Trisha Stratford’s passing,” she wrote on Instagram.

Melanie Schilling with Dr Trisha Stratford. Credit: Instagram/@mel_schilling1

“Trisha was a MAFS pioneer, the first person to introduce neuroscience to the experiment, not to mention her illustrious career as a researcher and academic.

“Trisha taught me so much about neuroscience, the science of attraction and the interplay between our brains and our behaviour.

“I know she spent the final years of her life with her Great Love and I’m so pleased to know she was surrounded by love & support.

“Vale Dr Trisha 💔.”

After seven seasons with the show, Dr Stratford stepped back in 2020 to “focus on my writing, research and neuropsychotherapy”.

John Aitken shared a tribute to Trisha Stratford. Credit: Instagram / johnaitkenlive

“I’ve been involved right from the beginning in the challenge of bringing this social experiment to television,” she said at the time.

“The program provides a platform for an ongoing conversation on relationships and I wish the program continued success and hope future participants find everlasting love.”

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