Jonathan Cainer found dead at his York home
Jonathan Cainer was found dead at his home in York early on Monday (May 2).
The internationally-renowned astrologer was discovered collapsed in his office in the grounds of his Fulford home at about 12.30am by his wife Sue.
Paramedics were called and worked to revive Mr Cainer for 40 minutes without success. He was pronounced dead at hospital.
As well as his wife, Sue, he leaves eight children. Mr Cainer was 58.
Early signs are that he died of a heart attack. As with any sudden death a post mortem is likely to be held.
Millions of followers
His horoscopes in the press and online were devoured by millions of people every day.
Mr Cainer wrote astrological predictions six days a week for the Daily Mail. He also wrote forecasts for major newspapers around the world, including the Sydney Daily Telegraph in Australia, the South African Times and the Toronto Star in Canada.
His predictions were also published in Turkey, Thailand and Malaysia. They are translated into Chinese, Japanese, Italian and German too.
His daily, weekly and monthly forecasts have been read by numerous followers on his website.
It has been estimated that more than 12 million people follow his predictions. He has been called the “world’s most trusted astrologer.”
Jonathan also worked extensively on TV and radio, making frequent contributions to programmes whenever astrology was in the news.
Carrying on the family tradition his nephew, Oscar, has been studying astrology for several years.
His brother Daniel said: “Jonathan had this great talent – not only his gift and wisdom but also the ability to make people feel he was speaking directly to them as individuals.
“I think that was the key, that people felt he spoke to them personally.
“Even the most cynical and hardened person could read their forecast and be amazed by its accuracy.
“One reader said he was spookily accurate and I think that was borne out by his own prediction for his star sign, Sagittarius, today.”
Born on December 18, 1957, Mr Cainer’s forecast for Sagittarians on the day he died now seems to have an uncanny prescience.
We aren’t here for long. We should make the most of every moment.
We all understand this yet don’t we forget it, many times? We get caught up in missions, battles and desires. We imagine that we have forever and a day.
In one way, we may be right – for are we not eternal spirits, temporarily residing in finite physical form? An elevated perspective is essential to a meaningful existence.
Jonathan Cainer: A life
Born in Surbiton, Surrey, in 1957 to David, a bank worker, and Ruth, a medical secretary, Mr Cainer had six brothers and sisters.
He left school at 15 with no qualifications and became a petrol pump attendant, then moved to the US in the 1980s to manage a nightclub and his brother’s musical career.
Jonathan wandered into the world of astrology almost by accident.
A friend of a friend offered to read his birth chart and Jonathan was amazed by how accurately it summed him up. He then decided to experiment for himself with the complex ancient art.
What began as a brief investigation became a dedicated, lifetime study.
“Pop astrology” was the last thing on his mind at this point. He was interested only in drawing up full horoscopes, based on people’s exact date, time and place of birth.
Indeed, when first approached to write a sun-sign forecast column in 1984 he turned the offer down flat, opting instead to write academic books designed to help students learn the language of planetary symbolism.
He also co-designed one of the first modern astrological computer programs.
In 1986, when Eddie Shah launched Britain’s first all-colour newspaper Today, Jonathan was again approached to write a daily sun-sign column.
Assured that he would also have the chance to introduce his readers to the deeper side of his subject, this time he took the post.
His column proved a great success. He left Today in January 1992 and joined the Daily Mail later that year.
Tragedy struck in 1992 when his wife, Melanie, died during surgery following a car crash. He recalled seeing her in a vision at the moment she passed away.
He later married again, and has a total of eight children.
In January 2000, he took his column to the Daily Express. The following year, he was head-hunted by Piers Morgan, the then editor of the Daily Mirror, where his column appeared for three years before he was asked to re-join the Daily Mail.
He remained there since June 2004.
Outside of astrology, Jonathan was a family man, enjoying time with his children and grandchildren. Fascinated by ancient sites, he often visited stone circles and burial chambers.
Jonathan’s other interests included computers, vegetarian cookery and playing the double bass.
York Haunted attraction
For some years Jonathan owned a shop on Stonegate, York, selling his horoscopes there.
In May 2004 he joined forces with his friend Uri Geller, the international mind- and spoon-bender, to relaunch it as the Museum Of Psychic Experience.
Visitors originally paid £15 for a tour through “mind-opening experiments, providing a personal encounter of psychic power and potential”.
One such experiment took place in the Water Room where people were transmitting negative thoughts to one glass of water, and positive ones to another. The water was then to be frozen and the ice crystals analysed in Japan for any differences.
TV psychic Derek Acorah filmed an episode of Ghost Towns Live at 35 Stonegate in January 2006. He was apparently strangled and tipped over the back of a chair by a lively spirit.
In February 2007 the Psychic Museum closed its doors after Mr Cainer revealed only 100 people a week were going through its doors.
It was later reborn as Haunted – “York’s most haunted house” where tourists could pay £7 for tours of the Mask Room, Lantern Room (haunted by a balding monk), Seance Room and more.
Haunted closed in 2014 and Jonathan sold the property to a developer. It has since reopened as the Oliver Bonas shop.
Oh my word…I am so sorry to hear this news. You will never know how much you have guided me in the past 3 years Rest in peace in the stars Jonathan x
Rainbow Circle campers will miss you jon. Each year we wondered what you’d do next. I used to love turning up and wandering around the site to see what marvels you’d contributed to the children. We said you donated hundreds of pounds and brought hundreds of children. My memories include the swimming pool, theatre, Harry Potter everything, Chelloist, lullabies in the marquee with live music. We adults had to ask childrens permission to be part of their world. We’ll miss you.
Scarily accurate, I will miss reading your horoscopes, I don’t feel I can trust anyone else.
You spoke to the heart of any matter, you made me stop and think and see the bigger picture, most of all you gave me hope, an insight into possibilities when none seemed present, you turned troubles into the mere passing of clouds. You must have toiled so hard to create all those readings, day in, day out! I am not normally moved by loss of people I’ve never met, but your passing left me shocked and saddened more than words can say. I add my prayers and love to all the others, hoping you feel the gift of love you gave, returned. Thoughts and blessings to you and your family. A great man, a true guiding star, now at peace.
Gracias por todo. Y por despedirte.
Eric Francis Coppolino was the stand-in for Jonathan Cainers horoscope column in the Daily Mirror and the Daily mail multiple times. Jonathan was a dear friend and mentor to Eric. Eric has written a beautiful, heart-warming and moving tribute to Jonathan on his website, see this link http://planetwaves.net/astrologynews/285269345.html
I have followed Mr. Cainer (Johnathan) for many years. Once, discovered, I never bothered with another Astrologer. I am deeply saddened by his transition but, I know that my life has been enhanced and graced on numerous levels because of him.
Travel well dear Sir…you are gone but, never, ever forgotten in Spirit. XOXOXO
Though I never met you in person your words gave clarity, insight and wisdom. Many times you guided me through difficult days by helping me to see the greater wisdom and the bigger picture. Thank you for your unique gifts that shone a light on so many lives.
This is such a shock. You have helped me calmly negotiate my life since I found you in ‘Today’ in the ’80s. I know there will be evidence of you providing guidance in time to come. God Bless you and your family and thank you.
I am shocked and can’t believe that you are not going to give us your daily, weekly monthly yearly horoscopes. I shall miss you Jonathan Cainer. When I came to Canada 1984, I somehow found myself reading your horoscopes and never stopped reading! I thank you so much for giving me several times accuracy in your predictions and saving me from disasterous events in my life.. May your soul be in peace.
Devastated, whatever will I do without your way if making difficulties understandable and, yes, acceptable.
You have helped and supported me for over 20 yrs.
Thank you for your talent and compassion Jonathan.
Perhaps things are going to be better, my life has suddenly taken an upturn, perhaps that’s why you left us.
God bless, now you know what’s on the other side…….
I’m am saddened to hear you have passed over Johnathon; your advice was much needed by many people in this world and we will miss you greatly. I have been reading and enjoying your work since I was 12; I am now 40. Thank you for a lifetime of inspiration xx
I am TRULY heartbroken, I dont know what I will do without your daily guidence. I have been on a journey I am so sad that you wont be here to share the end of my fairy tale.
Goodnight God Bless XXX
J.S.C.A.(The pure awareness of Eternal Bliss) Much loved .Forever missed.See you on the other side of the Rainbow,where the stars are looking very different.Deep condolences to your loving family.
Thank Jonathan Canier, nothing is by accident, I found your website over 10 years ago and read my horoscope every day since. Through the hardest time you made it clear that even though it was hard I would overcome. Thank you & bless you & your family always.
So did he foresee and predict his own death?
You accompanied me for nearly 20 years. Thank you so much for everything. You shed your light on us when times were dark. It’s like loosing a part of my “world”…may love and light accompany you on your next journey…
Thank you for your inspiration Jonathan! I am a recent follower of your work and shall miss your forcast’s in the Daily Mail Weekend paper. I always read your column first and last Saturdays was such a good one for me, I am sad it will be your last!!
I just got into bed and was checking mail to see the news of your passing . What a Bummer Jonathan you have been such a joy in my life’s journey and have made me look at life a little differently on days that seemed so dark . Thank you thank you for everything enjoy the journey may your soul be full of joy as you are being sent so much love from all of us still on earth… Bless you and bless your family.
Hi Jonathon, you died to young. You did so much for people and was such an inspiration with your wisdom. You were so accurate and I will miss your forcasts.
Many like me, started our day with your wisdom and warmth. Words cannot encompass the help and guidance you have given us. As for myself….I would not of made it through many a dark time without your kind words and insight. God speed my friend. You were, and are a true Guardian Angel. And the world is a lesser place without you in it. Love Gavin Myers
You helped me without question.
So irriplaceable. Love & blessings xxx
Dear Jonathan, you have been in my life daily for years and me through my darkest times. Unique, talented, kind and unforgettable. You have left us far to soon. Rest in peace, much love to your grieving family. We will always miss you xxx
Dear Jonathan; Journey Well, know that you have left a mark that guided me in times when I could not see as clearly as I can now. Big love, Thank You. x
Not only a popular Astrologer, he was a friend to hundreds of Festival goers. He was close to Liz Clegg the “Mum to the Calais Kids. He was always helping people out, financially emotionally and occasionally spiritually. ( He was a ‘Premi’) I’ll miss his presence at the festivals. He will be sorely missed.
I will miss starting my day without you Jon…………..you had a unique talent and though I am sorry to see you go so soon, I am quite sure you will be happy exploring the stars…….
A rather remarkable gentleman with unusual talent. He will be missed by his readers around the globe.
a remarkable man , Rest in peace Kind spirit x
One of the warmest and most generous of men who did much for my family and me around the time that my wife was dying. Thank you Jonathan for being you.
You were wonderful Jonathan, &so accurate ,with yr beautiful kind voice. &roundabout way of telling the story. You will be missed. Prayers for your family.
During some very dark times, you appeared to hold my hand, acknowledging the difficulties and encouraging me to move forwards where the light was headed. I am forever grateful for your kind compassion and sure sighted wisdom.
A long time ago I was invited to look round his home with a view to doing architectural work.
He lived in a massive house with a swimming pool. He was friendly and jolly.
Mr Cainer described the sort of alterations and extension he had in mind. He asked me if I thought it would get planning permission.
I replied he was the astrologer who could look into the future and what did he think?
I never got the job.
Years later I was amazed to see his horoscopes widely printed in Australian newspapers.
Coffee time will never be quite the same now.
I feel for the family and loved ones left behind.
Many blessings and much love
Thank you for all your guidance over the years..I shall miss listening to your forecasts. I send all my love to your family and hope they don’t suffer too much with their grief. You were unique Jonathan and irreplaceable x
What a shock to lose Jonathan so young, he has helped me for years, felt he just knew how I was feeling such a good astrologer, RIP xx
Words cannot express my deep sadness, you were like a closest friend even though we never actually met. I really don’t know how I will move through life now without your great words of wisdom everyday guiding and advising me everyday.
Goodbye old friend you will be hugely missed 🙁
I found you – or you found me – during my most difficult of times – and through your loving patient wisdom have brought me back to life again.
Please remain my guardian angel Jonathan … PLEASE .
Even though we never met in the physical we are all of one spirit.
Blessings heaped upon you and your generosity of spirit.
Now and Always