Youree Harris, aka famed psychic Ms. Cleo, has died at age 53 from cancer.
Harris, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, died in Palm Beach County, Florida. A rep for Harris did not state what kind of cancer she suffered from, but did say that she was a "pillar of strength" during her illness. The Advocate, in 2006, reported that Harriswho also did voiceover work for Grand Theft Auto: Vice Citywas lesbian.
Windy City Media Group's Amy Matheny, who interviewed Harris many times on the now-inactive podcast Windy City Queercast, posted a lengthy Facebook quote about Harris. In part, Matheny stated, " Cleo was FULL of life, a seeker of clarity, a civil rights activist, and a deeply loyal friend. Her full throated laugh, mouth wide and head flung back was joy personified. She was a frequent guest on my podcast for a decade, but very quickly, she became more than a guest. She became my friend.
"[Harris] was passionate about spirituality. ... She was passionate about south Florida, her community and family, and talked of all three every call. She was passionate about Spain and dreamed of owning a home there to retire. But she was a tireless worker, storyteller, truth-seeker.
"I don't think she ever would have retired. We only met in person once ... in Chicago when I invited her to see our town and judge Windy City Gay Idol. ( She fell in LOVE with Chicago and the Chicago LGBT community. ) And yet, I feel I knew her heart and soul more than most friends in my life."