Sylvia Browne, the world famous psychic who recently made headlines due to her connection to the Ariel Castro kidnappings (we’ll explain), has died. She was 77-years-old.
Browne was well known for numerous TV appearances on shows like “Montel” and “Unsolved Mysteries,” and worked as a spiritual consultant on several missing persons cases. That’s a very delicate way of saying she tried to use her psychic powers to solve cold cases. We can’t vouch for her success rate, but one major, major, major failure put her in the headlines recently.
Amanda Berry, one of the Cleveland kidnapping victims, went missing back in 2003. Later, on “Montel,” Berry’s mom asked Browne if her daughter was still out there. Browne told Berry’s mom, Louwana Miller, that wherever her daughter was, she had died. Specifically, “in water.”
Of course, it turned out that Amanda Berry had been held in captivity by Ariel Castro for nearly a decade. But Louwana died of heart failure in 2006, never to be reunited with her daughter.
So … that’s Browne’s legacy, unfortunately.
Her Facebook page hosts a memorial/obituary, and most of her fans have flocked there to express their sorrow and well-wishes.
Twitter, on the other hand, is shaping up to be quite a different beast. For better or worse, here are the reactions there:
Sylvia Browne has told her last lie and bilked her last mark. http://t.co/GDVLjSn4gG
— Ray Garton (@RayGarton) November 21, 2013
Sylvia Browne died. Anyone who feels like manipulating a gullible, black former TV host with MS may step forward now. — George Petrillo (@georgepetrillo) November 21, 2013
Psychic Sylvia Browne has just died. She’ll be a guest on John Edward’s “Crossing Over” next week. — neil warner (@beavis1970) November 21, 2013
Sylvia Browne died?! Omg no I loved that bitch — Michael (@MikeyyMinaj) November 21, 2013
Sylvia Brown has passed away. This time she’s DEAD ON. http://t.co/KjZwk5jWl5
— LA’s Dearly Departed (@DeathHag) November 21, 2013
“Bet she didn’t see that coming” seems to be the most popular joke being thrown around on Twitter:
Famous psychic Sylvia Browne died?! I wonder if she saw it coming?…
— Ted Talevski (@TedTalevski) November 21, 2013
I wonder if she knew when she was gonna die? http://t.co/n51SPbJHTp
— Alanda Hughes (@GoldieLovesU) November 21, 2013
TMZ reports that Sylvia Browne died this morning surrounded by family and friends.