Sylvia Browne, the world famous psychic that wrongly predicted the death of Ohio kidnapping victim Amanda Berry, has died at the age of 77.

The medium, who predicted that she would live until the ripe old age of 88, passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. No further details about her death were made available.

Browne, the founder of The Nirvana Foundation for Psychic Research, was an accomplished writer and made regular appearances on television and radio.

During her controversial career, she was a guest on The Montel Williams Show almost every week for over 17 years.

Williams described that Browne as a beacon of light.

"It's brightness was relit and will now shine forever for many of us from above," he said.

"I, like so many of you, lost a friend today. But, as has been for the last twenty years, she'll always remain a part of me. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sylvia's family in this time of loss."

Browne was a believer in reincarnation as well as God and once explained on CNN's Larry King Live that she could communicate with the dead and look into the future.

"I don't know how I do it. I've done it all my life," she told King.

But despite her popularity with fans, Browne's ability as a psychic and spiritual guide was often called into question.

Earlier this year, she faced criticism when it surfaced that she told the mother of Amanda Berry, one of the three women abducted and held in captivity by Ariel Castro in Ohio, that her daughter was dead.

Louwana Miller died in 2004 believing that daughter was "in heaven and on the other side" and that her final words had been: "Goodbye, mom - I love you."

Ms Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were all found alive in May.

Browne is survived by her husband, Michael Ulery, sons Christopher and Paul Dufresne, three grandchildren, Angelia, Jeffrey and William.