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Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt dies after Boxing Day crash

12 January, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • 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

Home And Away actress Jessica Falkholt has died in hospital, just one day after the funeral of her parents and sister.

Falkholt's family were laid to rest after a funeral at St Mary's Catholic Church in Concord on Wednesday.

St George Hospital told SBS News Jessica remained in critical condition as of Friday morning.

"On behalf of everyone involved with HARMONY we are completely devastated to hear of the passing of our lead actress, the incredible Jessica Falkholt", the post read.

The 29-year-old has been in a coma since the horror collision, which also claimed the life of the driver of the other auto involved, 50-year-old Craig Whitehall.

There are mixed reports about whether the actress has passed away, with The Home and Away Facebook page sharing a simple heartfelt update last night, "Rest in peace attractive Jess".

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. Annabelle's boyfriend, Jordan Brohier, paid tribute to her, writing: "Today I lost the love of my life Annabelle".




"This film will be dedicated to Jess and her family so their memory will live on and her talents are appreciated around Australia and the world". Whitehall had previously received a nine-year driving ban and racked up at least 10 convictions for driving while disqualified.

'It is a day that will be hard to erase from our memory, ' Paul Ponticello said.

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

"They are together and always will be", he said.

The remains of those killed in the crash were so badly burned, they had to be identified by their dental records, SBS reported.

Whitall was driving home from a methadone clinic when his Toyota SUV allegedly crossed into the path of the vehicle carrying the Falkholts.

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