Sylvia Browne Dies; Renowned Psychic Was 77

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Sylvia Browne, a renowned psychic, leader in the paranormal world and best-selling author, passed away at the age of 77 in California on Wednesday.

A believer in reincarnation as well as God, Browne conducted thousands of hypnotic regressions and trance sessions with people around the world.

"I don't know how I do it," Browne once told CNN, "I've done it all my life."

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She also appeared on Unsolved Mysteries, Loveline with Dr. Drew and The Montel Williams Show, on which she was a weekly guest for 17 years.

"I, like so many of you, lost a friend today," Williams said yesterday. "But, as has been for the last 20 years, she'll always remain a part of me."

Browne first became aware of her psychic abilities at age 3, her bio says.

It was a "very scary thing" for her when she realized as a youngster she could tell if someone was going to die, she told Larry King back in 2000.

"The only thing, I think, that saved my sanity was that there are so many - well, we can track our lineage back to 300 years - of psychics," she said.

She strove to help "thousands of people gain control of their lives, live more happily, understand the meaning of life and to find God in their unique way."

She founded The Nirvana Foundation for Psychic Research in 1974, and went on to publish more than 50 books, 22 of which were best sellers.

Browne also worked with the Society of Novus Spiritus organization, and created The Sylvia Browne Hypnosis Training Center to teach her hypnosis methods.

Browne's Facebook page includes a September 10 posting stating, "If you are afraid to die, you will not fully live." Her final post, on October 27, reads:

"My one prayer every morning that has carried me is, 'Hi God, it's me again.'

Her website does not give a cause, but does say that Browne died at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California.