Dr. Wayne Dyer died on Sunday, leaving behind a legacy as a self-help trailblazer whose teachings reached millions of people.
Dyer died Saturday night in Maui, Hawaii, NBC News reported. The author of the best-selling book Your Erroneous Zones was 75.
Dyer’s death was confirmed by family members, who posted the news on Facebook.
“Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night,” they wrote. “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.”
Dyer’s sparked some controversy with his treatment of a recent cancer bout. However, a coroner’s report states that there was no trace of leukemia in his body at the time of his passing. Dr. Dyer ultimately died from a heart attack.
In 2009, the author was diagnosed with chronic Lymphocytic leukemia but decided to treat it with positive thinking and something he called “psychic surgery” from a Brazilian medium named João Teixeira de Faria, who goes by “John of God.”
“This is a guy who can do surgery to 1,000 people in a room at the same time,” Dyer told Oprah Winfrey in 2012.
“You can actually see pictures of the entities that enter his body as he does the surgery,” Dyer added.
The surgery was conducted from 12,000 miles away, Dyer said.
“You just go to bed, wear all white, drink the water, take the herbs, don’t have sex and don’t eat pork,” he told Oprah.
On Sunday, just hours after Wayne Dyer died, Oprah shared her condolences on Twitter.
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.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 31, 2015
Dyer credited the treatment of his leukemia to the healing power of Jesus Christ, but in his work he often included eastern philosophies. He was inspired by the work of Siddha Yoga founder Krishna Rau, known as Swami Muktananda. That work played a major role in Your Erroneous Zones, published in 1976.
Aside from his work as a self-help guru, Wayne Dyer also had close relationships with many in the media. He appeared on countless talk shows, and aside from his friendship with Oprah, was also close to Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi, even officiating their wedding.
The world has lost an incredible man. Wayne Dyer officiated our wedding & was an inspiration to so many. Sending love pic.twitter.com/kzsCS278jr
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 30, 2015
Wayne Dyer continued to hold influence even until his death. This year, the magazine Mind Body Spirit listed him as the No. 8 most spiritually influencing person in the world.
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