Walking Dead Actress Alicia Witt has opened up about the mysterious death of her parents, more than a month after they were found dead in their dilapidated home without heat in Massachusetts.
The actress and singer revealed that her parents, Robert and Diane Witt, refused her help and she was not allowed to enter her home “for well over a decade”.
“My parents were not penniless. They were fiercely stubborn, beautifully original souls, and thus they made choices – choices I could not speak to them from. I helped them, in all the ways I could – in all the ways they would let me, ”she wrote on Facebook and Instagram, sharing a number of photos of them.
That Dune actress, 46, said “it still doesn’t feel right” and her last exchange with her parents was “I love you”.
The bodies of Witt’s mother and father were discovered in their home in Worcester on 20 December. Robert and Diane Witt are suspected of dying of hypothermia after detectives discovered a problem with the stove in the house. The couple used a space heater, but police ruled out signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Witt only found out that her parents were dead after she did not hear back from them for several days and she had to contact her cousin who lived close to her parents’ house.
The actress acknowledged that the sudden death and the circumstances surrounding the death of her parents have “become fodder for the press and there are some misconceptions rolling around”.
But she said this is “very delicate for me to write because I want to honor their privacy which they held so firmly”.
“There’s a terrible irony in the fact that because of the very circumstance they went to to protect their privacy in life – this privacy has been removed in death. I had never imagined that I would have to talk about this in public – much less, in the midst of overwhelming streams of grief, “she said.
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The actress did not reveal the cause of her parents’ death, but said: “I had no idea their heat had gone out. I will never understand how or why they chose not to tell me this, not to let me help them with this.
“My heart is broken,” she said.
She said she prayed, cried and reasoned with her parents to convince them to let her help them move, but that they would be furious and say she had no right to tell them how to live their life.
“They were a united, intertwined, indivisible force, determined to do things their own way. Knowing that they had each other – fighting against them as I would have had to do this, really felt, as if it would have ruined them, “Witts said.
The actor described them as “brilliant educators, deeply friendly, curious, intuitive, clever, young of mind, funny”, adding that there will never be enough adjectives to describe them.
“Our last words to each other were ‘I love you’. That part was simple; never in doubt. They loved me so much. I loved them so much,” she concluded.