Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Jessica Falkholt: Former Home and Away actress's life support turned off

Tragic'Heartbreaking news about Jessica Falkholt. There are no words' one fan tweeted Tragic'Heartbreaking news about Jessica Falkholt. There are no words' one fan tweeted
Wallace Pearson | 12 January, 2018, 03:16

The 29-year-old was injured on Boxing Day in a fiery head-on crash on the NSW south coast that claimed the lives of her parents, Lars, 69, and Vivian Falkholt, 60.

The ABC understands Jessica Falkholt's life support was turned off on Thursday night.

Her sister Annabelle, 21, was also injured and died in hospital on December 29.

On its website, the show said: "Goodbye handsome Jess".

Jessica's family were farewelled at a ceremony at St Mary's Catholic Church in Concord on Wednesday.

The report says that the decision of turning Jessica's life support off was made by the family of the actress, after the heart-wrenching funeral of her sister and parents.

Her parents were killed on St Stephen's Day when their auto collided with another vehicle.

In a funeral notice, Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were described as a "dearly loved and cherished father, mother and sister to Jessica".

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 service where he thanked the people who ran to the aid of the sisters. It's believed he was driving home from the methadone clinic with an investigation taking place on whether he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. "Whenever asking how long it would take to drive somewhere I would suggest an average for a normal driver and then add some additional time for the Lars factor".

"It has just been a horrific crash and everything the community expects us to do to keep them safe hasn't worked in this instance", she said.

Our thoughts are with the Falkholt's family and friends at this hard time.

Falkholt played Hope Morrison on the popular soap opera Home and Away, and the show paid tribute to her on Twitter with a simple message: "Rest in peace, lovely Jessica Falkholt".

The actress also played the title role in upcoming film Harmony, scheduled for release this year.

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