I heard on the news last evening that actor Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, when he failed to check out on time. He was 31 years old. Police have ruled out foul play. He was seeing returning to his room alone several hours before his body was discovered. The cause of death is unknown at this time. His history of substance abuse raises the possibility that drugs or alcohol may have played a role, or he may have simply died of natural causes.
Monteith was born on May 11, 1982 in Calgary, Canada, time unknown. His sunrise chart looks like this:
Two things struck me immediately about this chart:
1) The solar eclipse of May 9, 2013, fell almost exactly on his natal Sun and occurred one day before his solar return. This is a powerful influence.
2) His Mars is stationary and debilitated in Libra (its detriment). Mars also squares his Moon/Neptune conjunction in the 8th house of death. I repeatedly find Mars square Neptune in the charts of men who get addicted to substances.
The solar return of the sunrise chart is also quite striking with a strong emphasis on the 8th house of death. I find that in the absence of a known birth time, the solar return of the sunrise chart usually picks up major themes for the year. Here is his “sunrise return” for 2013:
The May 9th solar eclipse fell at 19 Tauus 31 almost exactly on his return Mercury and very close to his natal Sun in the 8th house of the sunrise return chart. The square from Neptune in Pisces in the return 5th of recreation to ASC-ruler Venus in the 8th of death suggests that the recreational use of alcohol or drugs may have played a role in his demise. On the other hand, Neptune can also symbolize mysterious or occult illnesses. The autopsy results will be needed to clarify the cause of death.
Addendum July 16: As the chart suggested, the autopsy report showed the cause of death to be a lethal mixture of heroin and alcohol.