Miss Cleo, TV Psychic, Dies at 53 (Report)

Celebrity fortune teller had been diagnosed with colon cancer

Miss Cleo, the psychic who rose to fame in the 1990s with a series of television ads, died Tuesday at 53.

TMZ reports that the psychic, whose real name was Youree Dell Harris, had been diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to her liver and lungs.

According to TMZ, Harris died in Palm Beach County, Florida, after a recent hospitalization and a transfer to hospice care.

Harris, who was born in Los Angeles but sported a Jamaican accent in the commercials for the Psychic Readers Network, became a sensation and a punchline with her ads, in which she implored viewers, “Call me now!”

Harris’ run as a TV psychic was not without controversy. Access Resource Services, the company behind Psychic Readers Network, was hit with numerous lawsuits in 2001, and the following year the Federal Trade Commission charged the company’s owners with deceptive advertising, billing and collection practices, in a case that was eventually settled.

After her run as a TV psychic, Harris took up various gigs, including providing a voice for a character in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.”

Last year, Harris was tapped as a spokesperson for Benefit Cosmetics Flawless Friends Network.

Watch one of Harris’ classic infomercials in the video below.