Alicia Witt’s life is a pretty good one, but tragedy just struck the Hallmark star in an incredibly personal way.
The parents of actor Alicia Witt, Robert Witt, 87, and Diane Witt, 75, were found dead inside their Massachusetts home by police the Telegram & Gazette reported. After she hadn’t heard from them in several days she asked a relative to check on them. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
A family member asked the police to help them check on her parents, and they arrived around 9 p.m. on Monday. “I reached out to a cousin who lives close to my parents to check on them, Sadly, the outcome was unimaginable,” Witt wrote in a statement. “I ask for some privacy at this time to grieve and to wrap my head around this turn of events, and this surreal loss.”
There were reports the couple had been having furnace problems and were using a space heater, police said. But firefighters said there were no signs of carbon monoxide in the home. There were no obvious signs of trauma, police Lt. Sean Murtha said. Autopsies are scheduled, but no preliminary assessments have been released.
Police did not label their deaths as suspicious. A neighbor told that they believed the couple had been ill and were not outside very often. One neighbor mowed their lawn for them, and others offered to help with the property, but their offers weren’t accepted.
Alicia Witt also has a brother, Ian Witt, who has not publicly commented. Witt made her acting debut at age 7 in 1984’s “Dune” and has also appeared in “Orange Is the New Black,” “Twin Peaks” and “The Walking Dead.” She is also a classically trained pianist and recording artist whose latest album “The Conduit” was released in the fall.
Our thoughts go out to everyone involved in this tragic story.