“Psychic” Sylvia Browne Dead at 77

Daytime talk show mainstay and self-professed psychic Sylvia Browne is dead at the age of 77. A very much in demand speaker and the author of dozens of books including such titles as Afterlives of the Rich and Famous and Visits from the Afterlife, Browne somehow managed to make a good living as a psychic despite numerous high profile failed predictions, a testy demeanor and a penchant for threatening legal action against her critics.

Normally this is where I’d say “rest in peace” or that she’ll be missed. Normally. Instead, I’ll link to this piece by Jon Ronson. You may express your heartfelt sorrow in the comment section below, disinfonauts.

  • echar

    I knew some people that practically worshipped this woman.

    • Matt Staggs

      Well, I guess they’ll take this as her apotheosis.

      • echar

        Knowing them, probably. Nice folks, just willing to believe in some out there stuff.

        • Calypso_1

          If she was smart she’s got an associate set for life to channel her from the other side.

          • echar

            Caroline Myss, perhaps?

          • Matt Staggs

            Her son is in the same racket. Seriously.

          • Calypso_1

            gotta love the good ol’ traditional family con routine.

          • Jin The Ninja

            as per the website, chris dufresne’s psychic ability is second only to his mother’s…

  • Rhoid Rager

    What is with psychics never being able to predict their own deaths?!

    • Just me

      There is one that predicted his death and died exactly when he said. Look up Edward Cayce. Also, you can google psychics who predicted their own deaths. I’m on the fence personally, but still a fascinating subject.

      • kelethian

        happens all the time in Tibet.

        • Just me

          Do tell.

        • NDMagoo

          You want Tibet on it?

    • Just me

      Double post. sorry

  • Simiantongue

    Why feel sorrow? If there is an afterlife, as she proclaimed, then this is no big deal. Right?

  • ishmael2009

    Psychic vampire, feeding off people’s misfortunes.

    • tibby trillz

      theres a psychic group on facebook where people (mostly women, i wonder why their seems to be so many more female psychics?) give others readings. its all vague bullshit like johnathan edwards that sounds convincing enough if you really want to believe it. it would be hilarious if it wasnt filled with people asking if their dead loved ones are still there. that part makes it incredibly sad.

  • Jeremy Imm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIyXJxPFVz4 to anyone who says anything about “her not seeing it coming”

    • Matt Staggs

      She told me you would say this during our last exclusive $850 private reading. PS: Ian Curtis says hi.

  • Caleb Long

    Psychic readings are very real. People naturally have abilities of empathy and intuition that allow them to understand each other without saying a word. Its not just some “out there” thing.

    • Daniel Gill

      you or anyone else interested should read Hien Van Nguyen’s Journey Of A Healer: Mediums And Sorcerers of South Viet Nam.

    • Jin The Ninja

      i know occult abilities to be real. psionic or magickal.

      HOWEVER, ‘media personalities’ masquerading as ‘psychics’ are one of the biggest consumer cons running. the problem with ‘clairvoyance’ and/or non-trance mediumship is that a purported psychic can say basically anything. there is a difference between a service i.e. reading tarot cards and claiming ‘to see’ dead aunt martha. people in the public eye, making a living from media appearances- i can say with some accuracy are scam artists.
      the lack of a shaman/healer role in western culture, the disconnection from death and nature, leaves a huge void- in the market for snake oil salesman.

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        I’ve often lamented the death of the societal role of shamans/spiritual healers…as Western culture transformed something intensely personal and transformative into a profit driven niche genre. We’ve all lost something wonderful as the hustle and jive became Christianized and sterilized into bland seamless ritual mass marketed and mass produced. A cookie cutter ‘one size fits all’ spirituality leaves most of us with our spirits dead from boredom and disillusionment. How wonderful would it be if every few dozen people had one person within easy reach who had genuinely devoted their life to contemplation, understanding, peacemaking and cooperation while helping others grieve, struggle, heal, cope and rise…all without a cash incentive for their efforts?

  • http://godhatesshrimp.com/ Dick Hertzer

    I bet she never saw it coming.

  • howiebledsoe

    I wonder if she took out a massive life insurance policy last week?

  • DeepCough

    I just recently got a message from Sylvia Browne. You know what it said?

    • Jin The Ninja

      blank pages are often used by spirits to confirm their existence.

      edit: i misspoke. rather i should have said,
      “blank pages are often used by (purported) mediums to confirm the existence of spirits .”