Lorraine Warren, whose profession as a paranormal investigator inspired the film The Conjuring, has died. She was 92.
Warren’s grandson, Chris McKinnell, shared the news in a Facebook post on Friday in which he shared several photos of her alongside her husband Ed, who worked alongside her until his death in August 2006 at the age of 79.
“Last night my grandmother, Lorraine Warren, quietly and peacefully left us to join her beloved Ed,” McKinnell wrote. “She was happy and laughing until the very end. She was my angel and my hero, and she will be deeply missed.”
He added, “Please join us in celebrating her life and honouring her beautiful soul. Remember to treasure those you love while you can. Thank you and God bless you all.”
Lorraine — a self-identified medium who claimed to have clairvoyant powers — and Ed, a demonologist, authored some ten books on the paranormal. For decades, they travelled the world, investigating supernatural phenomena. In 1976, for example, the Warrens explored the Amityville Horror hauntings at Long Island’s spookiest residence, inspiring another string of famous films. “It was a very bad place,” Lorraine recalled of the experience to Entertainment Weekly. “I remember when I was there and Ed said he was pushed to the floor as if a heavy blanket was pushed over him.” Some of the couple’s other notable cases include an alleged British werewolf and the violent demonic activity at a mortuary turned family home, as seen in 2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut.
The Warrens were also the inspiration for 2014’s Annabelle and its two sequels, as well as The Nun series. The Curse of La Llorona, which is currently in theatres, and The Crooked Man, which is in development, are set within the same universe as The Conjuring.
The Warrens were among the first investigators to examine the house at the center of the Amityville haunting. The stories reportedly popularized by the Warrens became the inspiration for 17 films in the Amityville Horror series.