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Astrologer Jeane Dixon

 
Published Jan. 26, 1997|Updated Sept. 30, 2005

Astrologer Jeane L. Dixon, who gained national prominence as a psychic when her prediction that President Kennedy would die in office came true, died Saturday.

She was 79.

Sibley Hospital spokeswoman Jean Vincent said Mrs. Dixon died at 2:30 p.m. from cardiopulmonary arrest.

Parade magazine in 1956 quoted Mrs. Dixon as predicting that a Democratic president elected in 1960 _ a tall young man with blue eyes and brown hair _ would die in office. According to Mrs. Dixon, she told interviewers that the president would be assassinated, but they refused to publish that.

After Kennedy's death in 1963, the national notice that Mrs. Dixon received led political columnist Ruth Montgomery to write a book, A Gift of Prophecy: the Phenomenal Jeane Dixon, that recounted hundreds of accurate predictions made over the years.

The book, published in 1965, sold more than 3-million copies.

Not all of Mrs. Dixon's forecasts proved true. She predicted, for instance, that World War III would begin 1958 over the offshore Chinese islands of Quemoy and Matsu, that labor leader Walter Reuther would run for president in 1964 and that the Soviets would land the first man on the moon.