Sylvia Browne, Celebrity Psychic, Dies at 77; Predicted She Would Live to 88; What Else Did She Get Wrong?
By Tony Sokol | November 21, 2013 12:05 PM EST
Sylvia Browne died at the age of 77. The celebrity psychic and hypnotist appeared on TV in such shows as "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Montel." Sylvia Browne made famous predictions and some failed predictions. JamesRandi, the psychic debunker who offers a million bucks to anyone who could prove psychic ability, said Sylvia Browne's predictions were no better than educated guesses.
According to Sylvia Browne's website, the famed psychic died on Wednesday at the age of 77. The website did not cite the cause of death.
In a statement on the site, Montel Williams wrote "A beacon that shined for so many was extinguished today, but its brightness was relit and will now shine forever for many of us from above. I, like so many of you, lost a friend today. But, as has been for the last 20 years, she'll always remain a part of me. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sylvia's family in this time of loss."
On Sylvia Browne's Facebook page, a friend wrote read: "Sylvia graduated today. She was surrounded by family and friends. What a legacy. She shared so much. We will carry on her knowledge with hypnosis and Journey of the Soul and her many books. What a great party they must be having on the Other Side. Bless everyone."
In 2003 Sylvia Brown predicted on "Larry King Live" that she would die at the age of 88. Other predictions Browne made also failed to materialize.
In 2002 Sylvia Browne told the parents of Shawn Hornbeck that their son was kidnapped by a dark-skinned man with dreadlocks and was dead. The 11-year-old had disappeared earlier that year. He was found alive in 2007, his kidnapper had short hair and was Caucasian.
Sylvia Browne told Amanda Barry'sIn November 2004, to the mother of kidnapping victim Amanda Berry's mother "She's not alive, honey." Barry had disappeared 19 months earlier. Browne saw a vision of Berry's jacket in the garbage with "DNA on it." Berry was found alive in May 2013. Berry's mother died in 2006.
Sylvia Browne published over 50 books, almost half of them made it to the New York Times Bestsellers List.
According her website, Sylvia Browne is survived by her husband, Michael Ulery; sons Christopher and Paul Dufresne; three grandchildren, Angelia, Jeffrey, and William; and a sister, Sharon Bortolussi.
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