The parents of “Dune” actress Alicia Witt have been found dead inside their Massachusetts home in a mysterious case that cops say is now “under investigation.”
The bodies of Robert Witt, 87, and Diane Witt, 75, were discovered at the Worcester residence on Monday after the Hollywood star asked a relative to perform a welfare check, saying she hadn’t heard from her parents for “several days.”
“I reached out to a cousin who lives close to my parents to check on them. Sadly, the outcome was unimaginable,” Witt, 46, said in a statement released on Tuesday night.
“I ask for some privacy at this time to grieve and to wrap my head around this turn of events, and this surreal loss.”
Lt. Sean Murtha of the Worcester police told local media that “police were dispatched to the residence” and that there “were no signs of foul play.”
According to Telegram & Gazette, there were reports that the couple had been experiencing furnace issues and were using a space heater.
However, firefighters checked the air quality inside the home and did not detect any noxious gases.
A neighbor told the outlet that the Witts had been ill for some time and that their home had fallen into a state of disrepair.
The Witts had lived in Worcester for decades and both worked as high school teachers before their retirement. In addition to Alicia, the Witts also have a son, Ian.
Autopsies will be conducted to uncover their causes of death.
Alicia Witt shot to fame in the mid-1980s after being discovered by director David Lynch. She starred in the original “Dune” film back in 1984 before going on the feature in his TV smash “Twin Peaks.”
The red-headed actress has also appeared in “The Walking Dead,” “The Sopranos,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Orange Is The New Black.” She has also featured in movies such as “Urban Legend,” “Vanilla Sky” and “Two and a Half Weeks Notice.”
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