Actress Jessica Falkholt has been pronounced dead six days after life support turned off

Jessica Falkholt died a tragic death more than three weeks after the horrific car crash that claimed the lives of her parents and sister. 

The 28-year-old Home and Away actress was pronounced dead on Wednesday, six days after her family made the heartbreaking decision to switch off her life support. St. George Hospital released a statement on Wednesday carrying the sad news.

Jessica has been pronounced dead. (Source: Seven)

Jessica had undergone major surgeries and remained in a critical condition in the ICU at Sydney's St George Hospital since the Boxing Day crash that took place on the New South Wales south coast.  

Devastated family members told Daily Mail Australia that while Jessica's demise is a sad time, they are comforted knowing she is one with her family again.

Six days after having her life support turned off, she has succumbed to her injuries. (Source: Facebook)

'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. 

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

Jessica was involved in a horrific car crash that claimed the life of her parents and sister. (Source: Matrix)

"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."

The Falkholts were driving home after a festive break when the head-on collision took place. (Source: Seven)

Following the announcement, heartfelt tributes were paid to the actress.

Jessica's 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."

Left to right: The Falkholt Family - Lars, 69, Vivian, 60, Annabelle, 21, and Jessica, 28 (Source: Facebook)

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

The close-knit Falkholt family was driving home to Sydney up the Princes Highway after a short festive break when they met with a head-on collision. Annabelle and Jessica were pulled out of the wreckage before it went up in flames killing their parents.

Annabelle Falkholt, 21, passed away three days after the horrific incident. (Source: Facebook)

Annabelle, 21, passed away three days after the crash while Jessica stayed strong. There were hopes that the actress would make it, but they were all in vain. Jessica's life support was taken off just 24 hours after her parents and sister were laid to eternal rest in a heartbreaking funeral. 

Lars, Vivian, and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary's Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney (Source:
Friends and family stand with wreaths and photos of the deceased trio as the coffins left St Mary's Catholic Church in Sydney's inner west after the service. (Source:

Vivian's brother Paul Ponticello told the service that this would be a Christmas that would haunt the family forever. "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."

Jessica Falkholt played the well known Hope Morrison on the show Home and Away. (Source: Matrix)

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

The investigation into the crash will focus on whether Whitall was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. Whitall's extensive criminal record states he 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. 

A serious investigation will take place looking into the circumstances of the crash.

The state government says it will conduct a serious investigation that will look into the circumstances of the collision.

RIP Jessica (Source: Twitter)

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