Married At First Sight Australia star Trisha Stratford has died at the age of 72, it has been confirmed.

Trisha, who was a clinical neuropsychologist, starred on the programme from 2015 until her departure in 2020. Earlier this morning (18 September,) her MAFS colleague, John Aiken, announced her death on Instagram with a heartbreaking post.

The 53 year old told his followers: "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. Jx."

In a statement, Channel Nine sent their condolences to Trisha's family. It read: "We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr Trisha Stratford. Our sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to her family and those closest during this difficult time."

Many former contestants of the show have also shared their sadness at the news of the expert's death.

Elizabeth Sobinoff appeared in both series six and seven of the programme, and said: "She was so genuine and so kind to me. She was so bright and a safe space."

While series five's Sarah Roza shared: "Ohhh my gosh, this is such awful and unexpected news! Rest in peace, Trisha. You were ALWAYS just so lovely to me."

Trisha, who was from New Zealand, joined the show for series one as one of the experts alongside John Aiken and Sabina Read.

However, Sabina was later replaced by Mel Schilling, who is still on the experimental show. During her stint, Trisha became known for her "pheromones test" and asking the couples if they had been intimate with each other.

In 2020, Trisha announced that she was leaving the series as she wanted to focus on her writing and other interests. A statement released at the time read: "After seven seasons of Married At First Sight, I have decided to step back from the television series to focus on my writing, research and neuropsychotherapy.

"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."

Trisha was replaced by clinical sexologist Alessandra Rampolla.

Away from her busy life on screen, Trisha had one daughter, called Gina and one granddaughter, whom she leaves behind.

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