Best-selling psychology author and PBS lecturer Dr. Wayne Dyer has died at age 75, according to a post by his family on his Facebook page
"Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night," according to the post. "He always said he couldn't wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile to think of how much our scurvy elephant will enjoy the other side."
A cause of death was not given, but Dyer had been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009.
Dyer said in a 2012 interview with Oprah Winfery he had treated it with positive thinking, daily exercise, and "psychic surgery" that was performed remotely by Brazilian medium João Teixeira de Faria, also known as "John of God," NBC News
His Facebook page on Sunday still advertised an upcoming event in early October, and Dyer himself appears to have posted as late as Saturday.
Dyer was a guidance counselor in Detroit and a professor of counselor education at St. John's University in New York before writing his first book, "Your Erroneous Zones" in 1976.
Dyer's teachings focused on self-actualization, and he described Jesus Christ as a self-actualized person. He urged people not to be Christians, but Christ-like and not to be Buddhists, but Buddha-like.
"I don't think that Jesus was teaching Christianity, Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace." Dyer said.
After the success of his books and lectures, Dyer appeared on television talk shows and was known for his recorded live lectures that were shown on PBS during pledge drives.
He had many celebrity followers, and officiated the wedding of Ellen De Generes and Portia De Rossi in 2008.
"Wayne will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him but his teachings will live on forever," De Rossi added.
"It was always a pleasure to talk to @DrWayneWDyer about life's big questions. He always had big answers. RIP Wayne. You brought the Light," Winfrey tweeted.
Fellow self-help guru Deepak Chopra also remembered his friend:
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