Alicia Witt, 46, said in an Instagram post last month that she had repeatedly offered her parents help, but was always refused, according to The Associated Press. She called her parents “fiercely stubborn” and said she had no idea their home had no heating, the news outlet reported.
“Every time I offered to have something repaired for them, they refused to allow workers into their house,” Alicia Witt wrote. “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.”
Neighbors said they were not aware of any heating issues at the Witts’ home, according to WFXT. The couple had been dealing with medical issues, neighbors told the news outlet.
In a statement obtained by “Entertainment Tonight,” Witt said she learned of her parents’ deaths after asking a cousin who lives near them to check on them.
On Jan. 25, Witt, who is also known for her roles in “Orange Is the New Black” and “Nashville,” spoke about her parents.
“It still doesn’t feel real,” Witt stated in a Facebook post. “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.”
The parents of actress Alicia died from the cold in their Massachusetts home.
1999: Alicia Witt attends the premiere of "Deep Blue Sea" on July 26, 1999.
2000: Alicia Witt attends the world premiere of "The Replacements" in Los Angeles on Aug. 7, 2000.
2001: Actress Alicia Witt attends the premiere of the film "Vanilla Sky" on December 10, 2001, at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
2002: Alicia Witt, Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock at the premiere of "Two Weeks Notice" at the Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002.
2003: Actress Alicia Witt attends the 10th annual Race to Erase MS at the Century Plaza Hotel on May 9, 2003, in Century City, California.
2004: Actress Alicia Witt attends "Young Hollywood Votes" at the Esquire House Los Angeles on October 13, 2004, in Beverly Hills, California.
2005: Actress Alicia Witt arrives at the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of "Nine Lives" at the Academy Theater on June 21, 2005, in Beverly Hills, California.
2006: Actress Alicia Witt attend the eighth annual Costume Designers Guild Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 25, 2006, in Beverly Hills, California.
2007: Actress Alicia Witt arrives to the NBC All-Star Party held during the 2007 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 17, 2007, in Beverly Hills, California.
2008: Actor Al Pacino (left) and actress Alicia Witt attend the after party for the world premiere of TriStar Pictures’ movie "88 Minutes" at Prive Las Vegas inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on April 16, 2008, in Las Vegas.
2009: Actress Alicia Witt (left) and guest arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20, 2009, in Los Angeles.
2010: Actress Alicia Witt arrives at the Art of Elysium’s third annual Black Tie Charity Gala "Heaven" on January 16, 2010, in Beverly Hills, California.
2011: Actress Alicia Witt arrives at the 2011 Art of Elysium "Heaven" Gala held at the California Science Center on January 15, 2011, in Los Angeles.
2012: Actress Alicia Witt attends Vanity Fair, L’Oréal Paris & Fiat-hosted D.J. Night in support of the Pablove Foundation on Saturday on February 25, 2012, in Hollywood, California.
2013: Singer-songwriter Ben Folds and actress Alicia Witt attend the "About Time" premiere during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 1, 2013, in New York City.
2014: Musician Ben Folds and actress Alicia Witt attend the Art of Elysium’s seventh annual Heaven Gala presented by Mercedes-Benz at Skirball Cultural Center on January 11, 2014, in Los Angeles.
2015: Actress Alicia Witt attends the eighth annual Heaven Gala presented by Art of Elysium and Samsung Galaxy at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015, in Los Angeles.
2016: Actress Alicia Witt attends the Art of Elysium 2016 Heaven Gala presented by Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler at 3LABS on January 9, 2016, in Culver City, California.
2017: Alicia Witt attends the premiere of Showtime’s "Twin Peaks" at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 19, 2017, in Los Angeles.
2018: Actress Alicia Witt attends the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 14, 2018, in Nashville, Tennessee.
2019: Alicia Witt attends the "Orange Is the New Black" Season 7 world premiere screening and after-party on July 25, 2019, in New York City.
2020: Alicia Witt attends the Art of Elysium’s 13th annual Celebration – Heaven at Hollywood Palladium on January 4, 2020, in Los Angeles.