Browne's ability as a psychic and spiritual guide was sometimes called into question. Over the course of her career, Browne attempted to assist in numerous law enforcement investigations, often with questionable results.
Earlier this year, Browne's psychic abilities were further questioned after the kidnapped Amanda Berry was found alive in the home of Ariel Castro. Several years prior, Browne had told Berry's mother that her daughter was dead.
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While Browne's track record as a psychic was mixed, her believers remained numerous. On Facebook, as news of her death became public, thousands posted comments expressing their sense of loss. Beth Schooley-Garlock wrote, "She has moved to be a spirit guide. God bless you Silvia, you have help many and will greatly be missed." Mary Conklin, another fan, posted, "She has always been a part of my life and given me a lot of good advise [sic]. God will watch over her now." Melody Wasylciw wrote, "I know she is in a very wonderful place. She has helped me through so much loss and grief. That being said, I am very saddened and will miss her tremendously.”
Browne appeared on numerous television shows during her career, including "Unsolved Mysteries," the Montel Williams program, and "Larry King Live." She was married four times and leaves behind a husband, two sons, three grandchildren, and a sister, according to her Facebook page.