Alicia Witt, best known for her roles in the 1984 films “Dune” and “The Walking Dead,” is mourning the untimely deaths of her mother and father.
Diane Witt, 75, and Robert Witt, 87, were discovered dead at their home in Worcester, Massachusetts, by a relative on Monday.
Witt, who hadn’t heard from her parents in a few days, asked a cousin to check on her health.
“Unfortunately, the outcome was unimaginable,” Witt, 46, said in a statement to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. “I request some privacy at this time to grieve and process this unexpected turn of events and loss.”
The Worcester Police Department’s director of media relations, Kathleen Daly-Shea, told TODAY Parents that “there were no signs of foul play” and that the case is still being investigated.
There were no signs of carbon monoxide at the residence, according to Worcester Fire Deputy Chief Adam Roche.
“There were no abnormal readings when the fire department checked the building,” Roche told TODAY. “The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office.”
Diane Witt, a former reading specialist, set a Guinness World Record in the 1980s with her 10-foot-long hair. Robert Witt had recently retired as a science teacher.
Witt paid tribute to her father earlier this year on Instagram. They’re both smiling in New England Patriots gear in the photo.
“To my amazing father, the wise and hilarious and always curious one, the best teacher, and the OG Witty,” she wrote. “This is where we were before watching the @patriots win the Super Bowl in 2015.” (on TV, that year). I am deeply blessed in the dad department and i know that every single day.”
Witt was homeschooled until the 12th grade. She made her acting debut in David Lynch’s “Dune” at the age of seven, and her credits include appearances on “The Sopranos,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Orange Is the New Black.”