Actress Alicia Witt posts poignant tribute to her parents after their deaths in Worcester

Witt: “I had no idea that their heat had gone out...My heart is broken”

WORCESTER — Actress Alicia Witt has issued a lengthy post to social media about the sudden December deaths of both her parents in their Worcester home.

The exact cause of their deaths remains under investigation. Worcester Police have said both Robert and Diane Witt were found inside their Sussex Lane home.

25 Investigates has reported previously that authorities suspect hypothermia and that one of the victims was found wearing a coat.

Witt is known for her roles in hits like “Nashville” and “Twin Peaks.”

In a post to Facebook on Tuesday, Witt said “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. I begged, cried, tried to reason with them, tried to convince them to let me help them move - but every time, they became furious with me, telling me I had no right to tell them how to live their lives and that they had it all under control. It was not for a lack of trying on my part, or the part of other people who loved them.”

“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,” Witt said.

“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,” said Witt.

Witt said her parents’ deaths still don’t feel real.

“It’s been a month since I got scared, not having heard back from them, and called to have them checked on. Waiting, phone in hand, praying fervently that the next call would be from them, angry I’d gotten someone else involved. 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.

Witt also thank those who have reached out to support her.

“I am deeply grateful for the gift of having been able to quietly travel to Worcester earlier this month for a beautiful service and burial, to mourn and to celebrate them in total privacy. I will forever be indebted to Mercadente Funeral Home for going to great lengths to make this possible,” she said. “Thank you, also, to all those who have reached out with your memories about my parents. they were brilliant educators, deeply kind, curious, intuitive, wise, young at heart, funny - there will never be enough adjectives to describe them.”

“I struggle, as much as I helped, with what else could I have done - short of petitioning the court system for taking control of two otherwise very sharp, very independent, very capable adults,: she said. “They were a united, intertwined, indivisible force, determined to do things their own way. knowing they had each other - battling them the way i would have had to in order to do this truly felt like it would have destroyed them.”

“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.”

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Posted by Alicia Witt on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Police previously told Boston 25 that that they do not suspect any foul play.

The City of Worcester said at the time that the city has multiple programs for people who get into trouble with no heat. However, it remains unclear if the couple was having any sort of heating problems.

“The circumstances around my parents’ sudden passings have become fodder for press, and there are some misconceptions rolling around - understandably so. This is very delicate for me to write because I’m wanting to honor their privacy, which they held so tightly. 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. iI never imagined i would have to talk about this publicly - much less, amidst overwhelming floods of grief.” said Witt.

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