TELEVISION psychic Derek Acorah has claimed Madeleine McCann is dead, after a messenger from the spirit world told him: "She’s not on this earth any more".
The medium, who has allegedly “sickened” the McCann family with his predictions, said the little girl would soon be reincarnated after joining the “spirit world”.
Mr Acorah, 62, said: “I know her parents are convinced Maddie is alive and I’m really sorry – but the little one has been over in the spirit world for some time.”
In a bizarre interview, based on information Mr Acorah claimed he had received from a spirit guide, he told the Sun newspaper: “I don’t think it’ll be long before she reincarnates.
“When children pass over who haven’t had full lives I believe they choose the time to come back in the same form again – as another little girl.”
The newspaper quoted a source close to the McCann family as saying: “Kate and Gerry are sickened. This character Derek Acorah is nothing but a self-publicist.
“It’s incredibly distasteful and insensitive.”
A spokesman for the couple added: “Kate and Gerry believe their daughter is alive and the Metropolitan Police are currently pursuing an investigation to that effect.
“If anyone credible has any credible evidence that she is alive they would come forward.”
Mr Acorah, who used to host television show “Most Haunted”, added he was surprised his comments had upset Madeleine’s family.
“I would hate to offend or upset the McCanns as a parent myself,” he said.
He has claimed he received his information from a spirit messenger called Sam, shortly after Madeleine vanished from a Portugal holiday resort five years ago.
He said he had been asked to travel there to assist with the search, but had contacted Sam to seek guidance before leaving.
He said: “I sat in my meditation room and I asked the spirit world and Sam confirmed she was dead. It is horrible but he said there was no purpose for me to go there.”
Mr Acorah added he did not travel to the Praia da Luz resort to spare the McCann family any unnecessary suffering.
“I wasn’t going to bring extra misery to them,” he said. “I do know that they will find out what happened to Maddie one day.”
Mr Acorah, who made his comments to the Sun while promoting his latest tour, is proclaimed “without question, the number one television psychic in the UK” on his website.
He rose to fame on “Most Haunted”, where he would communicate with spirits, before moving on to present “Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns”.
The McCann family, who have released a photograph showing what they believe their daughter looks like now on the fifth anniversary of her disappearance, hope a new police investigation will allow them to finally discovery what happened.