Alicia Witt speaks out a month after parents were found dead at home

Alicia Witt has spoken out a month after her parents were found dead at home, paying tribute as she described them as ‘beautifully original souls’.

In December last year, it was announced that the parents of the Dune and Twin Peaks star, Robert Witt, 87, and Diane Witt, 75, had died, with police saying that there was no sign of foul play, although the cause of their deaths was not clear.

At the time, Alicia, who also starred in TV shows including The Walking Dead, The Sopranos and Nashville, said that the ‘outcome was unimaginable’ after reaching out to a cousin to check on them, as she asked for privacy ‘to grieve and to wrap my head around this turn of events, and this surreal loss’.

In a new statement shared on social media, the 46-year-old wrote that the loss of her parents ‘still doesn’t feel real’ a month on, recalling how she tried to call to check up on them, ‘knowing as soon as I heard the detective’s voice on the other line that they were gone’.

‘Knowing I would never hear their voices again. Beginning the rest of my life of finding them on the breeze, in a song, in a dream,’ she said.

Alicia expressed her gratitude to Mercadante Funeral Home in Worcester, Massachusetts, who she said went to ‘great lengths’ to help her to ‘mourn and to celebrate them in total privacy’ with a ‘beautiful service and burial’.

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Thanking everyone who reached out to her to share memories of her parents, who she described as being ‘brilliant educators, deeply kind, curious, intuitive, wise, young at heart, funny’, Alicia outlined that ‘there are some misconceptions rolling around’ concerning the circumstances of her parents’ deaths.

‘This is very delicate for me to write because I’m wanting to honor their privacy, which they held so tightly,’ she wrote.

‘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. I never imagined I would have to talk about this publicly – much less, amidst overwhelming floods of grief.’

The actor said that she hadn’t been allowed to enter her parents’ home ‘for well over a decade’, as they would refuse to permit workers into their house whenever she offered to arrange for repair works.

‘My parents were not penniless. They were fiercely stubborn, beautifully original souls, and with that, they made choices – choices that I couldn’t talk them out of. I did help them, in all the ways I could – in all the ways they would let me,’ she stated.

The actor shared that ‘as much as I helped’, she struggles ‘with what else could I have done’, saying that her parents were a ‘united, intertwined, indivisible force, determined to do things their own way’.

‘I had no idea that their heat had gone out. 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,’ she said.

Alicia said that if she had been able to look into the future, she believes her parents ‘would have made the same choices’, even if she had told them: ‘“You are going to break my heart and the hearts of all who love you with a worst-case-scenario ending if you don’t let us help you.”’

‘Our last words to each other were “I love you”. That part was simple; never in doubt. They loved me so. I loved them so,’ she concluded.

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