Singer, actress and author Alicia Witt is mourning the unexpected deaths of both of her parents who were found deceased Monday night inside their Massachusetts home.
In a written statement to local media, Witt shared that she had been trying to reach her parents, Robert and Diane Witt, for several days but hadn’t heard back.
“I reached out to a cousin who lives close to my parents to check on them. Sadly, the outcome was unimaginable,” she wrote. “I ask for some privacy at this time to grieve and to wrap my head around this turn of events, and this surreal loss.”
Authorities said that the deaths are not suspicious, but are indeed mysterious. Worcester, Massachusetts, police responded to a call to the home around 9 p.m. after a family member requested help checking on the couple. Officers found the couple deceased, but with no obvious signs of what caused their death.
“There was no trauma,” Lt. Sean Murtha said.
Firefighters were called to the scene to check the air quality inside the home and found that there were no signs of carbon monoxide or other noxious gases present.
An unnamed neighbor told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette that she believed the couple had been sick for awhile and were rarely seen outside of the home. She added that they had “politely refused” offers from other neighbors who had offered to help as their home fell into disrepair.
The couple have two children, Ian Witt and Alicia Witt. Alicia is known for her roles in movies such as Mr. Holland’s Opus and television shows such as “Friday Night Lights” and “Justified” among many others. She had a recurring role in “Nashville” in 2016 as country singer Autumn Chase.
Robert Witt was 87 and Diane Witt was 75 at the time of their deaths.
Our thoughts and prayers are with their family.