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Married At First Sight star Andrew Jury dies aged 33 as co-stars pay tribute

Married At First Sight star Andrew Jury dies aged 33 as co-stars pay tribute

Andrew Jury's MAFS NZ co-stars Haydn Daniels, Brett and Angel Renall, and Benjamin Blackwell paid their respects

Former Married at First Sight NZ contestant Andrew Jury has died at the age of 33.

Jury was one of the original grooms of the series in 2017 season 1.

The heartbreaking news of his passing was shared by contestants, Haydn Daniels, Brett and Angel Renall, and Benjamin Blackwell on Instagram.

They remembered the New Zealand builder for his strength and struggles during and after the show, releasing statements to pay their respects.

During filming, Jury had been paired with Vicky Gleeson-Stokes, but the pair were regularly at odds in their relationship and ultimately agreed to separate.

Andrew Jury was cast for the 1st MAFS NZ season (Channel 4)
Andrew Jury was cast for the 1st MAFS NZ season (Channel 4)

Daniels told Stuff NZ: “Everyone from our series is in shock."

Blackwell also posted his shared statement along with the Renall’s, writing: “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 life time.

“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.

Andrew was paired with Vicky, but eventually separated. (Channel 4)
Andrew was paired with Vicky, but eventually separated. (Channel 4)

“At this time our entire cast wish to send our deepest condolences and love to his family.”

Daniels spoke about catching up with his friend every couple of months and shared that things seemed to be looking up.

He wrote: “He seemed to be aware of his issues and was getting help.”

Daniels previously opened up about his struggles on MAFS, telling Stuff in 2019: “These shows, if you go on them and if you have any demons or issues, it exasperates them.

“It was tough for me, but I managed to get the support I needed and move on.

“You’re anonymous and then suddenly everybody knows who you are and you go back to normal life and it’s quite tough.”

Andrew Jury's co-stars have paid tribute (Channel 4)
Andrew Jury's co-stars have paid tribute (Channel 4)

Claiming this puts a spotlight on the support available from producers of the show, he added: “Duty of care was pretty lacking for us and I think it’s a conversation that needs to keep happening and evolving about what happens afterwards.

“It was very, very intense. It became very stressful for everyone, I know most of the cast struggled with it. Most of them managed to put it behind them and move on.

“I just hope that people can get that wraparound support and hopefully the public can realise what they see on TV is not the be all and end all, and be kinder to people.”

A Warner Bros. Discovery spokesperson said: “All MAFS NZ contributors have access to mental health professionals throughout the process, including pre-screening, during production and after broadcast.

“Warner Bros. Discovery expresses our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Andrew Jury.”

Featured Image Credit: Three/Instagram

Topics: Mental Health, Married At First Sight, TV

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