Actor Jessica Falkholt Dies In Hospital
Home and Away actor Jessica Falkholt has died in St George Hospital a week after a funeral was held in Sydney for her sister and parents following a horror Boxing Day car crash.
Jessica's parents Lars and Vivian were laid to rest along with sister Annabelle, 21, at St Mary's Catholic Church in Concord on Wednesday.
Jessica died in hospital on Wednesday morning, the hospital says.
"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 said.
"The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time."
BREAKING: Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt died at 10.20am this morning, St George Hospital confirms pic.twitter.com/oPXrcQZOvx— Daniel Piotrowski (@drpiotrowski) January 17, 2018
29 year-old Jessica, who has appeared on Home and Away and other Australian series, was pulled from the wreckage of the family car with her sister on December 26 before it erupted in flames with the bodies of their parents inside.
She had reportedly undergone several surgeries, including the removal of a kidney and part of her skull but remained in a coma since the accident.
The 50-year-old man driving the four-wheel-drive that collided with the Falkholt's car was an habitual traffic offender with more than 60 convictions to his name, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Jessica had established herself as a rising star in Australia's TV and film industry before the tragic car crash that claimed her life and those of her immediate family.
She nurtured her love of acting while completing a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication at the University of NSW, where she starred in several theatrical society productions including the musical Cabaret.
After graduating, 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, Ms Falkholt had her first breaks on TV with bit parts 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 on Home and Away as Hope Morrison for 16 episodes 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.
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 went 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 Australian 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 others but is on a quest to find love.