|Derek Acorah - Claims Maddie McCann is dead through psychic intuition|
The TV medium, who claims a messenger from the spirit world gave him the information, said: “She’s not on this earth any more.”
A source close to the McCanns said: “They are sickened by this.”
Acorah, 62, has added to Kate and Gerry’s anguish by claiming Madeleine died years ago — and will soon be reincarnated.
|Kate and Gerry McCann|
He 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.
“I don’t think she’ll be there 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 McCanns are said to be disgusted by Acorah’s claims.
A source said: “Kate and Gerry are sickened. This character Derek Acorah is nothing but a self-publicist. It’s incredibly distasteful and insensitive.”
Millionaire medium Acorah, ex-host of TV’s Most Haunted, claimed a messenger from the spirit world named Sam told him Madeleine was dead — shortly after she vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal, five years ago.
He said: “I got asked to go over there at the very beginning and I said to my wife that I was going to go. But then she showed me some emails from a number of psychics who were already there.
“There were four of them and they were coming to a blank.”
Acorah claimed he sought guidance by contacting Sam — his spirit “guide”. 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.
“He said the reason the others cannot get a link is because the little one had already come over. She’s not on this earth any more.”
Acorah said he decided not to go to Portugal to spare the McCanns unnecessary suffering.
He added: “I wasn’t going to bring extra misery to them. I do know that they will find out what happened to Maddie one day.” Acorah made his claims days after the McCanns marked the fifth anniversary of three-year-old Madeleine’s disappearance from the holiday resort. He was speaking while promoting his latest tour.
Detectives are following more than 100 leads — many of which suggest Madeleine is still alive.
A spokesman for the McCanns said: “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 should come forward.”
Acorah last night said he was surprised that his comments had upset the McCanns.
He added: “I was only making those statements to explain why I didn’t go to Portugal.
“I would hate to offend or upset the McCanns as a parent myself.”
Acorah caused offence in 2009 by claiming Michael Jackson’s ghost contacted him at a seance.
And in 2005 George Best’s friends accused him of cashing in after he claimed he would speak with the dead football legend.
Kate, 44, and Gerry, 43, are still raising cash to support their continuing hunt for Madeleine.
Scotland Yard are analysing 40,000 pieces of information.
They believe Madeleine may still be alive — but have been unable to get Portuguese police to reopen their failed investigation.
DEREK Acorah claims he had his first supernatural experience as a child when he was visited by his dead grandad.
Acorah set himself up as a medium after failing to make the grade as a Liverpool footballer.
He got his break in 2001 on TV’s Most Haunted and became one of the UK’s best known psychics.
|Dr Ciaran O’Keeffe - Exposed Acorah as fake|
But in 2005 he was allegedly outed as a fraud by Most Haunted’s psychologist Dr Ciaran O’Keeffe.
While shooting at a haunted prison in Cornwall, O’Keeffe secretly invented a long-dead jailer called Kreed Kafer — and talked about him while Acorah was in earshot.
Acorah was later filmed becoming “possessed” by the fictional character.
O’Keeffe then revealed the name Kreed Kafer was an anagram of “Derek Faker.” Acorah was later sacked from the show.