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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Home and Away actress Jessica Falkholt has her life support switched off just one day after the funeral of her parents and sister following horror Boxing Day crash that shattered a family

  • Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off by her devastated family
  • Loved ones of the former Home and Away actress made decision Thursday night 
  • 28-year-old was involved in Boxing Day crash on New South Wales south coast 
  • Parents Lars, 69 and Vivian, 60 along with sister Annabelle, 21, passed away
  • Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, a serial driving offender, was also killed in the crash

  • Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off by her devastated family weeks after the Boxing Day crash that claimed the lives of her parents and sister.
    The 28-year-old Home and Away actress' family made the decision on Thursday evening, just one day after the funeral of father Lars, mother Vivian and sibling Annabelle. 
    Parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60, died at the crash scene on the Princes Highway near Sussex Inlet.
    Annabelle, 21, was flown to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition, where she died as a result of her injuries on December 29.  
    Jessica's heartbroken family had kept a bedside vigil in the Intensive Care Unit at St George Hospital where she was in a medically induced coma.
    They had previously told Daily Mail Australia an operation on her brain had 'went well' and were waiting for the results of the surgery.  

    Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off by her devastated family weeks after the Boxing Day crash that claimed the lives of her parents and sister

    Jessica Falkholt has had her life support switched off by her devastated family weeks after the Boxing Day crash that claimed the lives of her parents and sister

    The 28-year-old Home and Away actress' family made the decision on Thursday evening, just one day after the funeral of father Lars, mother Vivian and sibling Annabelle 
    The 28-year-old Home and Away actress' family made the decision on Thursday evening, just one day after the funeral of father Lars, mother Vivian and sibling Annabelle 

    Jessica (far right) and her sister  Annabelle (centre right) were pulled from the wreckage after their car collided with a 4WD near Ulladulla on December 26. Parents Lars and Vivian (far left and centre left) died at the scene
    Jessica (far right) and her sister Annabelle (centre right) were pulled from the wreckage after their car collided with a 4WD near Ulladulla on December 26. Parents Lars and Vivian (far left and centre left) died at the scene

    Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary's Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney's west on Wednesday.
    Jordan Brohier, the shattered boyfriend of Annabelle, led pall bearers as they carried the 21-year-old's white coffin out of the church.
    Dressed in a black suit and tie, he buried his face in his hands and was comforted by friends after helping load the casket into a hearse ready to be taken away for burial. 

    Jessica and Anabelle's uncle Paul Ponticello told a packed funeral service at the church in Sydney's inner-west that Christmas would forever haunt their family.
    '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.'

    Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary's Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney's west on Wednesday

    Lars, Vivian and Annabelle were remembered by hundreds of family and friends at St Mary's Catholic Church at Concord in Sydney's west on Wednesday

    Jordan Brohier (pictured), the shattered boyfriend of Annabelle Falkholt whose sister is Home and Away star Jessica, has joined hundreds of mourners to farewell her and her parents
    Jordan Brohier (pictured), the shattered boyfriend of Annabelle Falkholt whose sister is Home and Away star Jessica, has joined hundreds of mourners to farewell her and her parents

    Mr Ponticello also thanked the 'saviours' who risked their lives to pull Annabelle and Jessica from the inferno.
    He said Mr Falkholt had always been a careful driver and he would often joke about having to add on time to any trip, which he called the 'Lars factor'.
    'The irony of this tragedy is Lars was such a careful driver,' Mr Ponticello said.  
    'Whenever asking how long it would take to drive somewhere I would suggest an average for a normal driver and then add some additional time for the Lars factor. We always had a good laugh.
    'They are together and always will be... You will always be remembered and in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace.' 

    Numerous photos were included in funeral materials handed out to mourners

    Numerous photos were included in funeral materials handed out to mourners

    Photos detailed the couple's two daughters growing up including a picture of the family dog

    Photos detailed the couple's two daughters growing up including a picture of the family dog

    Others included the Falkholt's wedding photos and portraits from when they were young

    Others included the Falkholt's wedding photos and portraits from when they were young

    One of the Falkholt daughters is seen smiling with curly blonde hair in a school photos, alongside many others from their childhood
    One of the Falkholt daughters is seen smiling with curly blonde hair in a school photos, alongside many others from their childhood

    More photos from the family's home life shows the daughters growing up, celebrating their birthdays and attending school formals

    More photos from the family's home life shows the daughters growing up, celebrating their birthdays and attending school formals

    Close friends stayed with the rising TV star during the funeral, holding a bedside vigil as she remains in a coma in St George Hospital, Sydney, after the Boxing Day crash.
    A relative of the Falkholt family told Daily Mail Australia they had made it a priority for the constant support Jessica has received since the accident to continue during the time of the funeral.  
    'We made sure Jess wasn't alone and her friends were able to be there with her,' a relative told Daily Mail Australia.
    'Everything we have done and every decision we have made has been done with the advice of doctors and social workers. No decision is made without Jessica's wants in mind.
    'Jess was a very private girl and while we're thankful for public thoughts and interest, we are just trying to honor what she'd want.' 


    Tragically, Jessica's family made the decision to switch off her life support on Thursday evening

    Tragically, Jessica's family made the decision to switch off her life support on Thursday evening

    The girls were dragged from the fiery wreckage of the crash by brave witnesses. Their parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60, along with the driver of the other car Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, died in the accident. Pictured: The horrific crash scene

    The girls were dragged from the fiery wreckage of the crash by brave witnesses. Their parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60, along with the driver of the other car Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, died in the accident. Pictured: The horrific crash scene

    Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, a serial driving offender who was behind the wheel of the other vehicle, was also killed in the crash.
    Mr Whitall, a P-plater, was reportedly driving home from a methadone clinic when the collision occurred.
    Mr Whitall was a known drug user and had been jailed for driving offences. 
    The coronial investigation into the crash will focus on whether Mr Whitall was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. 

    Doctors reportedly told the family it could be weeks or even months before doctors - who removed part of Jessica's skull and kidney - knew how severe the damage to her brain was (crash scene pictured) 

    Doctors reportedly told the family it could be weeks or even months before doctors - who removed part of Jessica's skull and kidney - knew how severe the damage to her brain was (crash scene pictured) 

    'He was an awesome father, the best. I couldn't ask for anything more of him,' his son Shane told Seven News.
    'He did what he could and that's all you can ask of anyone. He was my hero in my eyes, he was my idol.'  
    Another family member described the reaction to the fatal crash as 'very hurtful' and said Mr Whitall liked his privacy.
    'It's very hurtful for me to think they're talking about Craig like that, he was very private and didn't like people talking about him,' the woman said.
    'He's got grand-kids that are listening to it.' 

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