Married At First Sight original groom dies age 33

MAFS NZ star Andrew Jury
-Credit: (Image: Andrew Jury Instagram)

Reality TV star Andrew Jury from Married at First Sight New Zealand has sadly died at the age of 33. Andrew was one of the original grooms from the first season in 2017.

His co-stars Angel and Brett Renall and Benjamin Blackwell announced his death in a joint Instagram post. They said: "It's with the heaviest hearts we've come together to acknowledge the passing of Andrew Jury.

"We had the absolute pleasure of filming and participating in a show which leaves us intricately linked for a lifetime. Despite his struggles, Andrew was always friendly and the life of the party during our shared experience and he really valued his time on the show.

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"At this time our entire cast wishes to send our deepest condolences and love to his family - Ben, Angel, Brett, Vicky, Haydn, Lacey, Claire, Dom, Aaron, Luke, Belinda."

Andrew was paired with bride Vicky Gleeson-Stokes on the show. They made it to the end of the show but split after filming ended, BirminghamLive reported.

Warner Bros Discovery, which broadcasts Married At First Sight in New Zealand, expressed its 'deepest condolences' to Andrew's family and friends. In a statement to the New Zealand Herald, they said: "WBD takes duty of care extremely seriously and has protocols in place regarding the wellbeing of cast and crew.

"All MAFS NZ contributors have access to mental health professionals throughout the process, including pre-screening, during production, and after broadcast." The Auckland builder previously warned other Kiwis not to go on the show because they would get "messed up".

"The contestants are the most amazing people on the show, they put their hearts on the line and they all got burned," Jury told the Herald. "I make great TV, but my wife and me were not matched in the slightest. She's a princess, I'm a bogan.

"How can they say it's a legit process when you get the complete opposite of what you want?" He also criticised the producers for 'using' the contestants and giving them very little in exchange.

He said he went from earning $1500 a week building to $450 a week during the show, and he claimed after the show contestants were obligated to do interviews for no pay. "You don't get so much as a thanks," he said.

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