Dr Trisha Stratford has sadly died aged 72, as confirmed by her devastated co-star on social media.
Stratford, originally from New Zealand, became part of Married At First Sight Australia (MAFS) in 2015 alongside relationship experts John Aiken and Sabina Read.
MAFS is a reality TV series that pairs couples together based on scientific and sociological criteria.
A team of experts, including professionals in psychology, psychotherapy, anthropology, and theology, combine their expertise to craft these unique matches.
Devastatingly, it has been confirmed that Stratford has passed away.
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Aiken, her former co-star, has taken to social media to share the heartbreaking news and has expressed his deep sorrow over her passing.
He paid tribute to her memory by posting a series of nostalgic photos, alongside the statement: “I’m heartbroken and devastated that my friend and dear colleague Trisha has passed away.
“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…”
Fans of the show have been quick to show support for Aiken by replying to his emotional message.
One user wrote: “We are so sorry John, devastating.”
A second added: “Sorry to hear this sad news, John.”
“Devastating… such a divine woman,” added a third user.
Channel Nine honoured Stratford with a tribute, stating: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr Trisha Stratford.”
While Elizabeth Sobinoff – from seasons six and seven – also paid tribute, saying: “She was so genuine and so kind to me. She was so bright and a safe space.”
At the time of writing, Stratford’s cause of death is yet to be confirmed.
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Stratford had one daughter, named Gina, and reportedly lived with her partner, Rodger, who has three sons of his own.
The expert was widely known for her clinical work in developmental psychology, neuroscience and executive coaching.
Before working on MAFS, Stratford worked for 60 Minutes in both New Zealand and Australia. She was also a war correspondent in Somalia and Bosnia.
During her time on MAFS, the expert became known for her ‘pheromones test’, as well as asking the programme’s contestants whether they were ‘intimate’ with one another.