01:11 AM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 11/21/2013 07:50AM
Sylvia Celeste Browne, a celebrated psychic and New York Times best-selling author, died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., her website announced. She was 77.
"For nearly six decades," said her site, "Sylvia Browne dedicated her life to helping others as a spiritual guide through private readings, past-life regressions and prayer groups that spanned the globe."
With her strong beliefs in God and reincarnation, the Kansas City, Mo., native often assisted authorities in criminal cases and, with her son, Chris Dufrense, offered personal psychic readings from their Northern California office, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
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