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Iconic TV Psychic Miss Cleo Is Dead

by Graham Gremore July 26, 2016


No more calling Miss Cleo for spiritual advice. The iconic ’90s TV psychic has died, her rep confirms.

Cleo, whose real name was Youree Harris, passed away earlier today in Palm Beach County, Florida. She was 53 years old.

Related: Miss Cleo: From Psychic Readings to Gay Activism

Cleo was originally diagnosed with colon cancer that spread to her liver and lungs. She entered into hospice care last week. Her rep said she remained a “pillar of strength” throughout her illness and passed away with friends and family by her bedside.

Despite being born in Los Angeles, Miss Cleo’s became a cult figure in the late ’90s and early ’00s playing a Jamaican TV psychic known for her catchphrase, “CALL ME NOW!”

In 2006, she came out as a lesbian. At the time, she said she was inspired to do so by her teenage godson, who is also gay.

Related: Telephone Psychic Miss Cleo Stages An Unlikely Comeback, Still “Gay As A Two Dollar Bill”

“When he made the decision I told him I’d be there to support him 100 percent, and he embraced [coming out] wholeheartedly,” Harris told the Advocate. “It’s a different vibe than when I was his age, being raised Catholic in an all-girls boarding school. But he was afraid of nothing, and I thought, I can’t be a hypocrite. This boy is going to force me to put my money where my mouth is.”

Rest in peace, Miss Cleo.

Graham Gremore
Graham Gremore


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