Famed TV Psychic Miss Cleo’s Death at 53 After Fight With Cancer

Famed TV Psychic Miss Cleo’s Death at 53 After Fight With Cancer

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Miss Cleo, the famous television psychic who sprung to fame in the 1990s, has died. Born Youree Harris, the star passed away at age 53 in a hospice center. Known for her catchphrase, “call me now!” as the Jamaican psychic on her Psychic Readers Network infomercials, she gave viewers insight into their future – all for entertainment.

Harris’ representatives broke the news to TMZtoday admitting the TV personality had been hospitalized recently for colon cancer that spread to her lungs and liver. She was released last week to a hospice center in Palm Beach County, Florida. Her rep told the site Harris was a “pillar of strength” and died surrounded by family and friends.

Though Harris’ claim to fame came from the Readers Network advertisements featuring her thick accent  – which ran for seven years from 1997 to 2003 – The New York Daily News reports she was actually born in Los Angeles, California in 1962.  Harris also found work in voiceover. She voiced a character in 2002’sGrand Theft Auto: Vice City video game. And in 2003, she signed on as a spokesperson for Fuse Network. Two years later, she appeared as Miss Cleo in ads for Uncle Mel’s Used Cars in Plantation, Florida. Most recently, she revived the character for General Mills’ French Toast Crunch cereal campaign last year.

Chron reports the famous Jamaican character was created in 1996, when Harris worked as a playwright in Seattle, Washington.