Gary Rhodes – a tragic fall


Gary Rhodes, the TV chef, died suddenly in Dubai while shooting a new TV cooking series after a fall which caused a subdural haematoma – bleeding on the brain. Prior to this he had been fit and healthy.

Born 22 April 1960 in London he started cooking for his family aged 13; became head chef at a Taunton hotel, where he retained its Michelin star at the age of 26; launched several London restaurants and opened his first overseas venture in 2004. He presented TV shows including MasterChef, MasterChef USA and his own series, Rhodes Around Britain; and also had his own line of cookware and bread mixes. Since 2007 he had been resident in Dubai with his wife and two children.

He was an indulgent Sun Taurus in an Earth Grand Trine to Pluto in Virgo and Jupiter in Capricorn – practical, good business head, a money-magnet, confident; and that was formed into an even more talented Kite by Sun opposition a creative Neptune.  He also had a Yod of Mars in Pisces sextile a hard-working Saturn in Capricorn inconjunct Uranus which would make him a trailblazer.

What a tragedy for a slip that sounded so simple. It’s not often that the chart shows clearly a moment of passing but in his case tr Neptune was conjunct his Mars which was also conjunct his Solar Arc Saturn exactly – which is highly confusing and accident-prone. He was on his Second Saturn Return; and tr Saturn had just passed over the opposition to his Venus by a few days.


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