Married At First Sight’s Dr Trisha Stratford was at the ‘happiest stage of her life’ before her death (Picture: Nine)
Former Married At First Sight Australia expert Dr Trisha Stratford had ‘so much planned for the future’ before her death aged 72.
Earlier this week it was announced the former relationship expert had died, with the news announced by former co-star John Aiken.
He went on to share how they’d had ‘an amazing seven seasons’ of the show together, and how Stratford ‘loved everything New Zealand, French wine and travelling the world’.
Now in the wake of her death, friends have spoken about the loss, saying that Stratford had lots on the horizon.
The neuropsychologist had only just reached what she’d told friends was the ‘happiest stage of her life’ and had ‘so much planned’ for the future, as reported by Yahoo Lifestyle!
The former MAFS relationship expert died aged 72 this week (Picture: Nine)
In a death notice in the New Zealand Herald, her family shared that Stratford had ‘died peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones’ and called her a ‘matriarch and Wonder Woman’.
Prior to her stint on reality TV, Stratford had been a sports journalist before becoming a war correspondent in Somalia and Bosnia.
She then retrained as a clinical neuro-psychotherapist and joined MAFS as one of the three relationship experts in 2015.
However, ahead of the eighth season in 2020, she decided to leave the show, saying she found it ‘conflicting’ seeing the direction shift to focus on drama rather than genuine connections.
‘I thought I had very strong resilience after everything I’ve done in my life, but MAFS took me to another level,’ she told Woman’s Day in 2021.
‘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.’
After leaving the show, Stratford moved to Auckland to be with her partner Roger, whom she’d been doing long-distance with for a few years.
She previously said that she didn’t believe long distance relationships worked beyond ‘a couple of years’, and that after that, ‘you have to make a decision’.
After the news of her death was announced, her other former co-star Mel Schilling said Stratford was a ‘MAFS pioneer, the first person to introduce neuroscience to the experiment’.
She also referenced Stratford’s ‘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 and support. Vale Dr Trisha,’ she added.
Married at First Sight is streaming on Channel 4.
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