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Wayne Dyer, Best-Selling Self-Help Author, Dead at 75

TheWrap logo TheWrap 8/31/2015 Thom Geier

Wayne Dyer, an author turned his 1976 best-seller "Your Erroneous Zones" into a self-help empire, died Saturday in Maui, Hawaii, his publisher and family reported via Facebook. He was 75.

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The cause of death was not disclosed.

In 2009, Dyer was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia but he claimed to have treated the disease with positive thinking, daily workouts and "psychic surgery" by the Brazilian spiritualist João Teixeira de Faria.

Dyer, a psychotherapist and former professor at St. John's University in New York, was a friend and frequent guest of Oprah Winfrey, appearing on her show many times over the years.

The former daily talk-show host and head of the OWN network tweeted a tribute to Dyer on Sunday night:

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

Ellen DeGeneres, another longtime fan of Dyer's, offered her own tribute, complete with a photo from her 2008 wedding to actress Portia De Rossi.  

The world has lost an incredible man. Wayne Dyer officiated our wedding & was an inspiration to so many. Sending love -- Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 30, 2015

In more than 30 books, including "The Power of Intention" and "Stop the Excuses! How to Change Lifelong Thoughts," Dyer espoused a philosophy that positive, happy thoughts can lead to a positive, happy life.

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