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Australian actress Jessica Falkholt has had her life support machine switched off just over a week after a crash that claimed the lives of several other members of her family.

According to Australia's Daily Telegraph, her life support was turned off on Thursday evening - a day after the funeral for her sister Annabelle (21) and parents Lars (69) and Vivian (60).

Her parents were killed on St Stephen's Day when their car collided with another vehicle.

The driver of that car was also killed in the collision on the New South Wales coast.

Lars and Vivian died instantly, and Annabelle passed away in hospital three days later.

Jessica (29) had remained in a coma, despite undergoing surgery several times.

Jessica Falkholt (far right) is seen with her father Lars, mother Vivian and sister Annabelle | Image via @homeandaway on Twitter

It is believed the family had been returning from a brief holiday when the crash happened.

Vivian's younger brother, Paul Ponticello, spoke at the funeral service where he thanked people who ran to the family's aid.

"(It's) a day that will be difficult to erase from our memory." 

He also spoke about the love between his sister and brother-in-law: "They are together and always will be... You will always be remembered and in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace."

Falkholt played Hope Morrison on the long-running Australian soap opera.

In a tribute, the show tweeted:

On its website, the show said: "Goodbye beautiful Jess. You will be deeply missed."

Broadcaster Network Seven said in a statement last month: "Although her time on set was brief, once a part of the Home and Away family, always part of the family."

Additional reporting: IRN


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