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