MAFS expert Dr Trisha Stratford to be farewelled in Auckland after shock death

Dr Trisha Stratford will be farewelled in Auckland on Friday.
Dr Trisha Stratford will be farewelled in Auckland on Friday. Photo credit: Instagram - John Aiken

Married at First Sight Australia relationship expert Dr Trisha Stratford will be farewelled in Auckland on Friday morning.

It was announced on Monday she had died aged 72.

The news was shared by fellow show expert John Aiken who said he was "heartbroken and devastated that my friend and dear colleague Trisha has passed away".

The pair were on seven seasons of MAFS together before Stratford quit the show in 2020 amid dissatisfaction at its direction.

An obituary posted online for Stratford revealed her funeral would take place from 10am in Meadowbank and described her as a "wonder woman".

"Died peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones. Trisha was a matriarch, wonder woman, mother, grandmother & mother-in-law to Gina, Lily and Marcie O'Neill; True love to Roger Lampen; Bestie to Maree & Yvo; Sister to Anne, Jim, Philip, Gay and Tony and Aunty to all of her gorgeous nieces and nephews."

The service on Friday will take place at the All Saints Chapel at the Purewa Cemetery.

Stratford had also worked on current affairs show 60 Minutes in both New Zealand and Australia and had been a war correspondent in Somalia and Bosnia.

She moved from Sydney to Auckland in 2019 to live with her boyfriend.

Channel 9 - MAFS Australia's broadcaster - said in a statement on Monday: "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."

No cause of death has been revealed.