Former “MAFS” Expert Dr Trisha Stratford Dies, Aged 72

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Former “Married At First Sight” expert, Dr Trisha Stratford has sadly died aged 72.

The news of Dr Stratford’s passing was shared by her colleague and fellow “MAFS” expert, John Aiken, who took to social media to announce the heartbreaking news.

“I’m heartbroken and devastated that my friend and dear colleague Trisha has passed away,” he wrote on Instagram. 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.” He did not disclose her cause of death.

Dr Stratford had been a vital part of the “MAFS” series for seven seasons, providing her valuable insights into the intricacies of human relationships.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Dr. Stratford eventually settled in Sydney before relocating to Auckland in 2020. She was not only a clinical neuropsychologist but also a specialist in the neuroscience of relationships. Her expertise in the field made her an ideal candidate for the challenging role of offering guidance and support to couples entering into arranged marriages on the popular reality show.

Trisha Decided to Exit “MAFS” in 2020

In 2020, Dr Stratford made the difficult decision to step back from her role on “MAFS”. In a statement at the time, she explained her departure, stating, “I have decided to step back from the television series to focus on my writing, research, and neuropsychotherapy.”

This transition paved the way for clinical sexologist Alessandra Rampolla to take her place, alongside John Aiken and Mel Schilling.

A Nine spokesperson said on Monday that the network was deeply saddened to hear the news of Stratford’s death.

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

Dr. Stratford’s influence extended beyond the realm of reality television. Her career was marked by a rich and diverse background in psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and executive coaching. Prior to her stint on “MAFS”, she had worked with “60 Minutes” in both New Zealand and Australia and served as a war correspondent in conflict zones like Somalia and Bosnia. In addition, she produced and directed over 20 primetime television documentaries addressing critical social justice issues.

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