ACTRESS Alicia Witt has shared a heartbreaking message about her parents a month after the couple died mysteriously at their home.
Robert and Diane Witt, 87 and 75 years old, were found dead inside their Worcester, Massachusetts home by a relative on December 20, 2021.
Alicia Witt said "it still doesn’t feel real,” as she detailed the devastating moments that led to the discovery.
The Dune and Walking Dead actress asked a cousin to check on her parents after she couldn't get a hold of them for several days.
"It’s been a month since I got scared, not having heard back from them, and called to have them checked on," Witt said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"Waiting, phone in hand, praying fervently that the next call would be from them, angry I’d gotten someone else involved.”
Lieutenant Sean Murtha with the Worcester police told local media at the time that there were no signs of foul play when officers got to their house.
It's believed that the couple died of hypothermia, according to the Daily Mail, as they were reportedly having issues with their furnace and one of them was found with a coat on.
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The news outlet reported that their health had been declining as Witt’s father fought cancer and her mother suffered from Parkinson’s.
Witt said she was grateful for a recent trip to Worcester, where she buried and mourned her parents “in total privacy.”
She said her relationship with her parents had been challenging, and that they were not "penniless" but "fiercely stubborn."
“There’s an awful irony in the fact that, because of the very lengths they went to in order to protect their privacy in life — that privacy has been stripped away in death," she wrote.
"I never imagined I would have to talk about this publicly — much less, amidst overwhelming floods of grief. I hadn’t been allowed inside my parents’ home for well over a decade; every time I offered to have something repaired for them, they refused to allow workers into their house.”
Witt said she had no idea their heat was out and she now struggles with what else she could have done, aside from petitioning a court to let her take control of the otherwise sharp and independent couple.
"They were a united, intertwined, indivisible force, determined to do things their own way," she explained.
"I will never understand how or why they made the choice not to tell me this, not to let me help them with this. My heart is broken."
Witt's parents lived in Worcester for decades and worked as high school teachers before their retirement, the New York Post reported.
Witt thanked everyone who contacted her with memories of the two, who she said, “there will never be enough adjectives to describe.”
"They were brilliant educators, deeply kind, curious, intuitive, wise, young at heart, funny – there will never be enough adjectives to describe them," her post said.
Witt starred in the movies Twin Peaks and Dune, and was 8 years old when filmmakers were producing Dune.
She also starred in shows including The Walking Dead, Sopranos, Two And A Half Men, and Orange Is The New Black.
Witt ended the post about her parents' deaths with a heartbreaking note about their bond.
"Our last words to each other were ‘I love you,’" she said.
"That part was simple; never in doubt. They loved me so. I loved them so."
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