Friends of Home and Away's Jessica Falkholt held vigil

Violet Powell
January 12, 2018

Close friends to the actress stayed by her bedside at St George Hospital in Sydney on Wednesday as the 28-year-old's father Lars, 69, mother Vivian, 60, and sister Annabelle, 21, were all farewelled in a joint service in front of hundreds of mourners.

Her sister Annabelle, 21, initially survived, but died three days later in the hospital on December 29.

Speaking to Yahoo7 News, a spokesperson for St George Hospital said Jessica remained in a critical condition late on Thursday night.

Falkholt's parents, Lars and Vivian, both died in the accident, while the actress and her sister, Annabelle, were found unconscious.

"Rest in peace, lovely Jessica Falkholt", it said.

Jessica graduated from National Institute of Dramatic Arts and then landed her role on Home and Away.

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.

"All four have now died after Jessica's life support was switched off. RIP to Jess and her family".

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The actor has undergone multiple surgeries, including the removal of her kidney and part of her skull. "I just keep hoping that I'll wake up from this awful nightmare and see her gorgeous eyes looking back at me".

Whitall was a habitual traffic offender with more than 60 convictions to his name, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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

Vivian's brother Paul Ponticello told the service (via Australia's Daily Telegraph) that he "always thought we would grow old together".

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

Jessica lost her entire immediate family in the crash. You will always be remembered and in our hearts forever.

Police believe the crash occurred when a large vehicle crossed the centre line and crashed head on with the Falkholt family's auto.

Jessica Falkholt is best known for playing Hope Morrison on the long-running Australian soap, Home and Away.

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