Home & Away actress Jessica Falkholt has died aged 29

12 January, 2018, 03:13 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Heartbreaking The tributes come one day after her three family members were laid to rest in Sydney- including her sister Annabelle, 21 and parents Lars, 69 and Vivian, 60

Australian actress Jessica Falkholt has had her life support machine switched off just over a week after a crash that claimed the lives of several other members of her family.

Doctors have performed multiple surgeries on the 29-year-old Falkholt - including reportedly removing a portion of her skull and one of her kidneys - in an effort to save her life.

Last night, the Daily Telegraph revealed Jessica's extended family had chose to switch off her life support in the hope that she could be woken from her coma.

The revelations come as former Home and Away actress remains in a critical condition at St George Hospital after her life support was turned off.

Lars, Vivian, Annabelle and Jessica Falkholt on Christmas Day.

Jessica Falkholt has been in a critical condition since the Boxing Day crash.

On Wednesday, hundreds of mourners gathered at St Mary's Church in Concord, Sydney, to farewell the Falkholt family.


The Falkholt's family vehicle was hit by a four-wheel drive on Boxing Day, with the sisters being pulled from the wreckage before it erupted in flames with the bodies of their parents inside.

Craig Whitall, who died at the scene, was recognised as a habitual driving offender with over 60 offences to his name.

Vivian's younger brother, Paul Ponticello, spoke at the funeral service where he thanked people who ran to the family's aid.

"The irony of this tragedy is that Lars was such a careful driver". Local reports have described Whitall as a "serial traffic offender" who was driving home from a methadone clinic when his auto collided with the Falkholt vehicle.

Our thoughts go out to all their friends and family.

The 29-year-old found fame on the small screen as Hope Morrison in Home and Away, with the long-running TV soap paving the way for her feature film debut in the forthcoming supernatural thriller Harmony. We always had a good laugh.

He also spoke about the love between his sister and brother-in-law: "They are together and always will be".

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