Sylvia Browne is dead

Robert Lancaster, a long time skeptical thorn in Sylvia’s side, has received a message that she died this AM.

Sylvia Browne passed away this morning – JREF Forum.

I received an email today from a member of Browne’s family stating that she passed away this morning at 5am. I would think that it was related to her recent strokes, but do not know that for a fact.

Sylvia Browne is one of the world’s most popular and infamous psychics. Her wikipedia page has been changed.

TMZ is saying they received news from her son.

Sylvia Browne Dead — World Famous Psychic Dies at 77 |

Browne’s son, Chris, tells TMZ … Sylvia passed away this morning in San Jose, surrounded by family and friends. She was 77.

How Sylvia died has not been made public as far I can tell (nor should it be, really). It was rumored she had been suffering from poor health and many of her shows since October of this year were “postponed” (now cancelled). She died in the hospital.

Skeptics and paranormalists had mixed responses to Brown’s death. The obits posted by news outlets do mention her terrible year of mistakes.

This piece seems to sum the skeptic POV up well.

Sylvia Browne: Dead Psychic’s Legacy Riddled With Failed Predictions, Fraud.

D.J. Grothe, of the James Randi Educational Foundation, an organization that works to stop paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds, has long criticized Browne’s activities, but sent out condolences to her family.

“No one celebrates her death, but skeptics do criticize how she lived. Her dismal track record at predictions — she confidently predicted she would die at 88, not 77, for instance — would only be laughable if they did not hurt so many people,” he said by email. “The number of people she hurt with her pretend supernatural abilities is nearly as high as the number of her failed predictions. It is sad that it took death to stop Sylvia Browne.”

There is PLENTY written on Sylvia to show the dislike from the skeptical community. I have shut off comments because I would rather not have this become a soundoff of the same.

(Post edited on 20-Nov-2013)

  4 comments for “Sylvia Browne is dead

  1. Kitty Lapin Agile
    November 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    she predicted she would live until she was 88? anyway, here is hoping her son does not carry on…she had been priming him to take over but he could never gain her popularity.

  2. November 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM


    We have deleted many comments. This is not a bash Sylvia thread.

  3. Tom
    November 21, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    I suspect that an rabble of “psychics” will now fight each other to inherit her crown.

  4. Peter Robinson
    November 21, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Sharon, is it possible that you can put the words ‘self proclaimed’ in front of words like ‘psychic’, and also place such words in inverted commas in order to emphasise the fact that none of these people ever offer credible evidence of the powers they claim?

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