Psychic Sylvia Browne Dies at 77

Claimed to communicate with the dead

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Sylvia Browne Performs At Route 66 Casino's Legends Theater

Sylvia Browne, the controversial psychic who became famous for her books and television appearances dealing with the paranormal died Wednesday. She was 77 and died at a San Jose, Calif. hospital, her website said.

Browne was known for her claims that she could communicate with the dead and bring messages to their loved ones. She published 50 books, with many of them making best-seller lists.

A frequent guest on CNN’s Larry King Live and The Montel Williams Show, Browne was most recently in the news after three kidnapped women in Cleveland were found alive. In a 2005 appearance on Williams’ show, she told the mother of then-missing Amanda Berry that her daughter was dead. The mother died about two years later, but Berry was found with two other women in May, held captive for 10 years.

“As has been for the last twenty years, she’ll always remain a part of me,” Williams said.