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Home and Away crew mourns Jess

Home and Away’s Jessica Falkholt has died from her injuries in hospital. Photo: AAP/Lisa Mann Creative Management/Sally Flegg
Home and Away’s Jessica Falkholt has died from her injuries in hospital. Photo: AAP/Lisa Mann Creative Management/Sally Flegg

THE cast and crew of Home and Away planned to gather on set today to mark 30 years on our screens, but the exciting milestone turned to sorrow for someone who tragically couldn't be there with them.

Fellow cast member Jessica Falkholt, 29, died from her injuries today, six days after her life support was switched off at St George Hospital following a car crash near Ulladulla on Boxing Day.

Her younger sister Annabelle, 21, and parents Lars, 69, and Vivian, 60, all died in the accident.

The Falkholt family on Christmas Day last year before the fatal crash that caused the deaths of mother, Vivian, father, Lars, daughter Jessica, and her 21-year-old sister, Annabelle. Photo: Facebook
The Falkholt family on Christmas Day last year before the fatal crash that caused the deaths of mother, Vivian, father, Lars, daughter Jessica, and her 21-year-old sister, Annabelle. Photo: Facebook

The Australian soap's veteran actor, Ray Meagher, who has portrayed Alf Stewart since the pilot in 1988, said the team were left devastated by the tragedy.

"I didn't do any screen work with Jessica when she was here, she did most of her work with the younger cast, but I used to pass her in the corridor and she was just a lovely, pleasant girl," Meagher told News Corp Australia.

"Look, what do you say, I mean it's such an absolute tragedy.

"It's just absolutely awful.

"The old cliches of 'our prayers and our love are with you' just seems so inadequate.

"What else do you do, I really don't know, it's just an absolute tragedy."

Channel Seven released a statement saying the network was "heartbroken" to hear of Jessica's death.

"Channel Seven and the entire Home and Away family is heartbroken to hear of Jessica's passing," the statement said.

"Jessica's shining talent was recognised and respected by all her castmates and crew and her beautiful friendship treasured.

"We send our sincere condolences to her extended family and friends during this difficult time."

Jessica Falkholt in a scene from Home and Away. Photo: Seven
Jessica Falkholt in a scene from Home and Away. Photo: Seven

A spokesman on behalf of the family released a statement shortly after her death was confirmed about 12pm.

"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," a spokesman said.

"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.

"At the request of the family we ask that the media understands that no further comment or information will be provided."

Annabelle died from her injuries three days after the head-on crash; their parents died in the wreckage.

Jessica’s tragic death has prompted an outpouring of grief from the entertainment industry and her fans. Photo: AAP/Lisa Mann Creative Management/Sally Flegg
Jessica’s tragic death has prompted an outpouring of grief from the entertainment industry and her fans. Photo: AAP/Lisa Mann Creative Management/Sally Flegg

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

He had previously been subject to a nine-year driving ban and had at least 10 convictions for driving while disqualified.

Jessica, a young aspiring actor, had appeared on Home and Away and other Australian series.

farewell wonderful Jess ♡ beautiful pic by David Newman. ♡

A post shared by Pia. (@piamiller) on

The tragedy has prompted an outpouring of grief from the entertainment industry, with tributes filling up social media since the news of her passing.

Fellow co-star Pia Miller posted a photo of Jessica with the caption "Farewell wonderful Jess."

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