Lorraine Warren, Who Inspired ‘The Conjuring’ Series, Dies At 92

Lorraine Warren

Lorraine Warren, the famed paranormal investigator whose story inspired The Conjuring series, has died at age 92. Warren and her husband, Ed, were well known for their investigations into high-profiled supernatural cases including the Amityville haunting and the possession of a Raggedy Ann doll, otherwise known as Annabelle. 

Warren’s son-in-law Tony Spera and grandson, Chris McKinnell, shared the news in separate posts on Facebook.

“It is with deep sadness that I must announce that Lorraine Warren has passed away,” Spera wrote. “She died peacefully in her sleep at home last night. The family requests that you respect their privacy at this time.

“Lorraine touched many lives and was loved by so many. She was a remarkable, loving, compassionate and giving soul. To quote Will Rogers, she never met a person she didn’t like. She was an avid animal lover and contributed to many animal charities and rescues.

“She was wonderful and giving to her entire family.

“May God Bless her.”

McKinnell wrote on Facebook: “Last night my grandmother, Lorraine Warren, quietly and peacefully left us to join her beloved Ed. She was happy and laughing until the very end. She was my angel and my hero, and she will be deeply missed.”

The Conjuring‘s leading stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson paid tribute to Warren on Twitter.

Farmiga, who starred as the paranormal investigator, said: “My dear friend Lorraine Warren has passed. From a deep feeling of sorrow, a deep feeling of gratitude emerges. I was so blessed to have known her and am honoured to portray her. She lived her life in grace and cheerfulness. She wore a helmet of salvation, she dawned her sword, compassion, and took a shield of faith. Righteousness was her breastplate, and she has touched my life so. Love you Lorraine. You’re waltzing with Ed now.”

Wilson, who portrayed Warren’s husband Ed, tweeted: “The heavens will surely burn a little brighter tonight. We lost a friend and and inspiration. I will miss the stories, the laughter, and the guidance. Rest In Peace, Sweet Lorraine. Tell Ed I said hello.”

On Instagram, The Conjuring director James Wan remembered Warren as “one of the sweetest, loving and caring person I’ve ever met  — beaming with the brightest spirit.”

I feel very fortunate to have met her, gotten to know her and her wonderful family, and I’m truly honoured to have been the one to showcase a slice of her incredible life story to the world.

For someone who spent her whole life dealing with the afterlife, she gave me the impression she was never fazed by death. Maybe it’s knowing that there’s something more after our time is over on this earth.

The Warrens wrote a number of books together and, in 1952, founded the New England Society for Psychic Research to investigate suspected hauntings.