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Lorraine Warren, Psychic Medium Who Inspired 'The Conjuring' Films, Passes Away At 92
Lorraine Warren's legacy lives on in movies like "The Amityville Horror."
Lorraine Warren, a psychic medium whose work as a paranormal investigator has taken on mythic proportions after inspiring several horror movie franchises, has passed away at the age of 92.
Warren's death was announced the morning of April 19 in a statement from her son-in-law Tony Spera, according to Patch.
"It is with deep sadness that I must announce that Lorraine Warren has passed away," said Spera. "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."
Warren was born on January 31, 1927, according to TMZ. She rose to prominence in the 1950s alongside her husband, Ed, as the founders of the New England Society for Psychic Research, a group of doctors, researchers, police officers, nurses, college students, and clergy members who sought truths about the afterlife. Warren claimed to possess supernatural sensitivities that allowed her to convene with spirits and other-worldly beings. Embarking on over 10,000 investigations into supernatural phenomenon, the duo was said to have encountered vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, and even Bigfoot on their journeys, according to Atlas Obscura.
The couple began collecting a plethora of accursed objects and displaying them at their home in Monroe, Connecticut, which became known as The Warrens Occult Museum. Several of the artifacts held within have inspired horror films, including many entries into "The Conjuring" universe (which includes the "Annabelle" and "The Nun" franchises), helmed by director James Wan.
Similarly, the Warrens were two of the first investigators called in to examine the so-called Amityville Horror house in an infamous "psychic slumber party" in 1976, according to ABC News — which also went on to inspire an ongoing series of films. The claims they made about the occult happenings inside the Long Island home have since been subject to considerable scrutiny.
Ed Warren died in August 2006 after suffering a stroke and losing his speech five years earlier, according to The New York Sun.
Lorraine Warren had lived in her Connecticut home until her passing.