‘Surreal loss’: Actress Alicia Witt’s parents found dead in their home

The family of actress and musician Alicia Witt is in shock after a horrible tragedy at the home of her parents.

According to The Washington Times, the elderly man and woman were found dead in their Massachusetts home during a recent wellness check after they had not been in touch for several days.

“The outcome was unimaginable”

Authorities did not report any signs of foul play in the deaths of Robert Witt, 87, or Diane Witt, 75, though an investigation remained ongoing and autopsies were set to be performed on both individuals.

Local reports cited a statement by Alicia Witt in which she confirmed that she had not heard from her parents for several days and asked a relative to check on them.

“I reached out to a cousin who lives close to my parents to check on them,” she said. “Sadly, the outcome was unimaginable.”

She went on to request privacy as she takes time to process “this turn of events, and this surreal loss.”

Police officers ultimately arrived at the home to assist in the wellness check and found the deceased couple.

A period of declining health

The couple had reportedly been experiencing financial problems and used a space heater to keep warm. Local firefighters conducted an air quality test but reportedly found no evidence of carbon monoxide or other toxic fumes.

As the Boston Herald explained, neighbors described the Witts as nice people, though they were shut-ins who rarely ventured outside.

They had both reportedly suffered from declining health recently, Robert had battled cancer for several years and Diane was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Despite their deteriorating conditions, they apparently declined advice from those around them to move into an assisted living facility. Their neighbors reportedly pitched in to help with errands and yard work.

Their daughter is one of two children they leave behind. Alicia has a brother, Ian, with whom she was homeschooled in large part by their father, a former middle school teacher. It was the couple’s daughter who would rise to stardom in the entertainment industry with an acting career including Broadway, movies, and TV, and noted achievements as a classically trained pianist.

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