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Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day crash

  • Jessica Falkholt has tragically died more than three weeks after horror car crash
  • Sydney’s St George Hospital announced sad news in a statement on Wednesday
  • Relatives told Daily Mail Australia they were at peace now she is with her family
  • ‘Her mum was her biggest supporter so I am sure she is in her arms,’ they said
  • Boxing Day smash also claimed the lives of actress’ parents and younger sister  

Max Margan

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Josh Hanrahan For Daily Mail Australia

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has tragically died more than three weeks after a horror car crash which claimed the lives of her parents and younger sister.

The 28-year-old was pronounced dead on Wednesday, six days after her family made the heartbreaking decision to switch off her life support.

Jessica had been in a critical condition in Sydney’s St George Hospital since the Boxing Day crash on the New South Wales south coast.  

Devastated family members told Daily Mail Australia after Jessica’s death that while it was a sad time, they were at peace knowing the actress is now ‘back with her family’.

‘We’re all sad but she is with her family now. Her mum was her biggest supporter so I am sure she is in her arms,’ the relative said. 

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has tragically died more than three weeks after a horror car crash which claimed the lives of her parents and younger sister

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has tragically died more than three weeks after a horror car crash which claimed the lives of her parents and younger sister

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has tragically died more than three weeks after a horror car crash which claimed the lives of her parents and younger sister

The actress was pulled from the wreckage with her sister Annabelle near Ulladulla, but her parents Lars and Vivian died at the scene

The actress was pulled from the wreckage with her sister Annabelle near Ulladulla, but her parents Lars and Vivian died at the scene

The actress was pulled from the wreckage with her sister Annabelle near Ulladulla, but her parents Lars and Vivian died at the scene

‘It’s an odd feeling, we always knew it was going to happen but no matter what it’s a shock.’ 

St George Hospital released a statement shortly before midday on Wednesday confirming the sad news.

‘On behalf of the family of Jessica Falkholt, St George Hospital has been asked to advise the media and the community of Jessica’s passing today at 10.20am,’ the statement read.

‘Jessica passed away from serious injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on 26 December, 2017. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.’  

Jessica (far right) and her sister  Annabelle (centre right) were pulled from the wreckage after their car collided with a 4WD near Ulladulla on December 26. Parents Lars and Vivian (far left and centre left) died at the scene

Jessica (far right) and her sister  Annabelle (centre right) were pulled from the wreckage after their car collided with a 4WD near Ulladulla on December 26. Parents Lars and Vivian (far left and centre left) died at the scene

Jessica (far right) and her sister Annabelle (centre right) were pulled from the wreckage after their car collided with a 4WD near Ulladulla on December 26. Parents Lars and Vivian (far left and centre left) died at the scene

Jessica shot to fame on the small screen as Hope Morrison in Australian soap Home and Away

Jessica shot to fame on the small screen as Hope Morrison in Australian soap Home and Away

Jessica shot to fame on the small screen as Hope Morrison in Australian soap Home and Away

The driver of the second car, Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a methadone clinic when he too was killed in the crash

The driver of the second car, Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a methadone clinic when he too was killed in the crash

The driver of the second car, Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a methadone clinic when he too was killed in the crash

Tributes poured in for the actress following the announcement.

Her former Home And Away co-star Pia Miller shared a picture of the pair on set alongside the caption: ‘Farewell wonderful Jess.’ 

Channel Nine journalist Julie Snook wrote: ‘My heart goes out to the Falkholt family and Jessica’s friends and colleagues. A devastating loss.’ 

Summer Bay star James Stewart tweeted: ‘R.I.P Jessica Falkholt. Such a beautiful and talented soul- taken so soon & so tragically. 

The actress was pulled from the wreckage with her sister Annabelle near Ulladulla, but her parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60, died at the scene. 

Annabelle, 21, died from her injuries three days after the head-on crash which has now claimed the lives of the family-of-four. 

Jessica’s life support was turned off one day after her parents and sibling were farewelled in an emotional funeral service at St Mary’s Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney’s west. 

Jessica and Annabelle’s uncle Paul Ponticello told a packed service that Christmas would forever haunt their family.

‘It is a day that will be difficult to erase from our memory,’ he said.

‘Their lives on this earth ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense.’ 

The driver of the 4WD that slammed into the family’s car, 50-year-old habitual traffic offender Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a Nowra methadone clinic when he too was killed in the crash. 

Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary's Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney's west on Wednesday

Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary's Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney's west on Wednesday

Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary’s Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney’s west on Wednesday

Whitall claimed a disability pension and used 28 aliases to avoid police, and he drove a car every day after he was caught breaking the law.

His 26-year-old son Shane appeared in court on Thursday charged with dangerous and recklessly driving an uninsured Toyota Camry in Ulladulla in September.

Four of Craig Whitall’s convictions for driving without a licence came in the same month.

Witnesses told police they saw Whitall’s Prado swerving on the opposite side of the road moments before the crash.

He was driving on P-plates at the time after getting his licence back a year earlier and had also been banned from driving from July 2004 to July 2013.

Whitall was jailed for nine months for driving while disqualified in August 2004.

The state government said there will be a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the collision.  

Witnesses told police they saw Whitall's Prado swerving on the opposite side of the road moments before the crash

Witnesses told police they saw Whitall's Prado swerving on the opposite side of the road moments before the crash

Witnesses told police they saw Whitall’s Prado swerving on the opposite side of the road moments before the crash

Born in May 1988, Ms Falkholt and her sister were raised in Sydney by their Swedish father and Italian mother.

After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication, she found production jobs at the Seven Network’ and Carnival Films and began building a portfolio of acting work thanks to TV commercials.

In 2012, she won a place at the prestigious acting school NIDA, where she spent three years honing her craft.

Shortly after being accepted at NIDA, Jessica had her first breaks on TV with roles in the Nine Network dramas Tricky Business and Underbelly: Badness.

Following her graduation from acting school Summer Bay beckoned, with the young actress scoring a role as Hope Morrison for 16 episodes on Home and Away in 2016.

Hope, who lived with Pia Miller’s character policewoman Kat Chapman, caused quite a stir among the locals before making a dramatic exit by being taken off to prison.

Jessica starred as Hope Morrison for 16 episodes on Home and Away in 2016

Jessica starred as Hope Morrison for 16 episodes on Home and Away in 2016

Jessica starred as Hope Morrison for 16 episodes on Home and Away in 2016

The heartbroken family of the actress (pictured) had been keeping a bedside vigil ever since the crash

The heartbroken family of the actress (pictured) had been keeping a bedside vigil ever since the crash

The heartbroken family of the actress (pictured) had been keeping a bedside vigil ever since the crash

A co-starring role in the short film Green River: Part One followed in 2017, with the Australian actress playing Diana in the drama about 30 women who have gone missing from a small town in America in the mid 1980s.

Then came her big screen break in the supernatural thriller Harmony, starring alongside fellow Aussie actors Jacqueline McKenzie and Eamon Farren.

In the film, which is scheduled for release in 2018, she plays a woman named Harmony who has the power to absorb fear from other but is on a quest to find love. 

A Facebook page for the production posted on Wednesday: ‘We are devastated about the passing of our brilliant lead actress Jessica Falkholt. 

‘This is all too tragic for words.’  

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