Jessica Falkholt's life support switched off days after family's joint funeral
- Author: Tracy Klein Jan 12, 2018,
Jan 12, 2018, 1:34
On Thursday night, Jessica had her life support switched off weeks after the horrific accident on the New South Wales south coast, making her the fifth victim of the Boxing Day crash that killed her parents and sister.
In the wake of the heartbreaking news, which was reported by The Daily Telegraph, fans flocked to Twitter to pay tribute to the beloved actress. Annabelle, 21, passed away three days after the accident.
Falkholt had undergone several surgeries since the crash, according to the UK Telegraph.
The machine was allegedly turned off just a day after her family's funeral, which saw her mum Vivian, dad Lars and sister Annabelle laid to rest.
"We made sure Jess wasn't alone and her friends were able to be there with her, ' a relative said". Everything we have done and every decision we have made has been done with the advice of doctors and social workers.
Vivian's younger brother, Paul Ponticello, spoke at the funeral service where he thanked people who ran to the family's aid.
'It is a day that will be hard to erase from our memory, ' he said.
'Their lives on this earth ending on a highway makes absolutely no sense'. They are together and always will be.
The 29-year-old has been in a coma since the horror collision, which also claimed the life of the driver of the other vehicle involved, 50-year-old Craig Whitehall. You will always be remembered and in our hearts forever.
Jessica Falkholt is best known for playing Hope Morrison on the long-running Australian soap, Home and Away.
Broadcaster Network Seven said in a statement last month: "Although her time on set was brief, once a part of the Home and Away family, always part of the family". Australian media are describing the driver of the other vehicle as a "serial traffic offender" who was driving back from a methadone clinic when he collided with the Falkholts' auto.