The Australian reality TV world was rocked by ex’s shock news this week MAFS Death of expert Trisha Stratford.
Original MAFS pundit John Aiken took to social media to announce the news of his former TV colleague’s death at the age of 72.
“I am heartbroken and devastated that my friend and dear colleague Trisha has passed away,” he wrote.
“We spent an amazing seven seasons of MAFS together. She loved everything New Zealand had to offer, relationships, the All Blacks, the Black Caps, French wine and traveling the world. I’ll miss you, Tish. Thank you for all the memories.”
Now Mel Schilling has also paid a loving tribute to the former expert.
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“Surrounded by love and support”
On Instagram, Mel praised Trisha and everything she taught her during their time together on the controversial reality TV show.
“It is very sad to hear the news of Dr. Listen to Trisha Stratford. “Trisha was a MAFS pioneer, the first person to introduce neuroscience into the experiment, not to mention her illustrious career as a researcher and academic,” Mel shared with some of her favorite photos of her and John.
“Trisha taught me so much about neuroscience, the science of attraction, and the interplay between our brains and our behavior. I know she spent the last years of her life with the love of her life, and I’m so glad to know she was surrounded by love & support. Vale Dr. Trisha 💔.”
Mel’s tribute was received with much love, including from Trisha’s replacement on the show, sex expert Alessandra Rampolla.
“I’m so sorry, Mel. 💔 What sad news! 😢 I’ll keep you and Trish’s family in my thoughts and prayers. 💫🤍 Lots of love,” Alessandra commented.
Stratford resigned MAFS after seven seasons
Trisha shocked fans when she announced she was leaving MAFS in September 2020.
“After seven seasons of Married at first sight “I have decided to step away from the television series to concentrate on my writing, research and neuropsychotherapy,” she said in a statement at the time.
“The program provides a platform for an ongoing conversation about relationships and I wish the program continued success and hope future participants find eternal love.”
She was replaced by clinical sexologist Alessandra Rampolla.
It is understood Stratford lived in Sydney during her time MAFSShortly after leaving Nine, she moved back to New Zealand with her Auckland-based boyfriend Roger.
While her decision to quit MAFS At first she seemed amicable, but Stratford later indicated that she didn’t like the direction the show was taking.
“I felt like I didn’t want to watch this on TV at home,” she said in a 2021 interview with women’s Day.
“In the end, I couldn’t compromise on my professional and personal aspirations because there were contestants on the show who I felt shouldn’t have been there.”
Trisha’s cause of death remains unknown.