Internationally beloved psychic, author and spiritual teacher Sylvia Browne died at the age of 77 at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., leaving behind her widower Michael Ulery.
Ulery became Browne's fourth husband when they married in March 2009, and he is now left to mourn his late wife along with all of her fans and followers around the globe, as an obituary on her website Wednesday confirmed that she passed away.
On the day of her wedding to Ulery, Browne referred to him as "Michael, my archangel," in an article published in the Buffalo News. When they met in a jewelry store, Browne's hair was messy, she was wearing a running suit and her vision was hindered in one eye -- "I looked like hell," she told the News.
But while browsing for engagement rings for one of her sons she said she "looked out of my good eye and saw this man standing there, so attractive, and I said to the owner, ‘Who is that?’ and he said, ‘That’s my father!’ Well, then my antennae went up, and I realized he wasn’t attached. So I said, ‘Why don’t you introduce me?’”
Less than two years later, the pair got married, though the News reported that she said, "I swore I'd never do it again. I said in my vows that I think God has a sense of humor, because at 72 I’ve found the love of my life. It’s kind of ironic, don’t you think?”
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Browne dedicated her 2009 book, "Sylvia Browne: Accepting the Psychic Torch," to Ulery, enscribing "To my beloved husband, Michael" on one of the tome's first pages.
Ulery has worked with Browne as global merchandise manager, tour manager and designer for her company, Sylvia Browne Corp., since September 2008, returning to the workforce 10 years after he left a sales position at Head Sports Wear, where he had worked for more than 25 years beginning in 1972, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Ulery, who was from Santa Barbara, Calif., but currently lives in San Jose, studied at San Jose University, according to his Facebook page, which was filled with heartfelt messages from friends wishing him their condolences Wednesday evening.
"I am so sorry Michael. Sylvia was so dear. I will never forget dancing her down the aisle when you flew with me," one such message, by BernaDeene Lane, reads. "That memory always makes me smile. Millions were touched by her spirit. She will be missed. Peace, strength and love to you, my friend."
Browne had been suffering from health issues for some time, as she suffered a heart attack on March 21, 2011, while on a concert tour in Honolulu, the Hawaii Reporter reported at the time.
One of the most well-known psychics and spiritual leaders in the world, Browne founded the nonprofit organization The Nirvana Foundation for Psychic Research in 1974, then went on to found another nonprofit, Society of Novus Spiritus (New Spirit), "to promote a community of people who are dedicated to living a spiritual life based on its Gnostic Christian philosophy," according to the obituary posted on her website.
Browne, who is survived by Christopher and Paul Dufresne, three grandchildren, Angelia, Jeffrey, and William; and her sister Sharon Bortolussi in addition to Ulery, was also a highly-successful author, publishing more than 50 works, 22 of which made their way to the New York Times Bestsellers List. She also appeared regularly for years on TV shows like Larry King Live and The Montel Williams Show.
She was previously married to Gary Dufresne, Kenzil Dalzell Brown and Larry Lee Beck.
The obit on her website goes on to state that Browne was a strong believer in reincarnation, which may offer some solace to her fans and followers. She was known for often referencing this belief in the following aphorism:
"Take with you what you want and leave the rest behind."