Megan Hilty is facing immense heartache.
A heartbreaking tragedy has struck the family of the Smash actress and Broadway star, as she lost her pregnant sister, brother-in-law and niece in a plane crash.
Lauren Hilty, Ross Mickel, and their daughter Remy were aboard the floatplane that crashed into Puget Sound near Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. The tragic event happened on Sunday (September 4). Lauren was also pregnant at the time of the plane crash.
The family of Ross confirmed the news via a statement which said:
“We are deeply saddened and beyond devastated at the loss of our beloved Ross Mickel, Lauren Hilty, Remy and their unborn baby boy, Luca. Our collective grief is unimaginable. They were a bright and shining light in the lives of everyone who knew them.
Although their time with us was too short, we will carry their legacy forward.
We want to thank all the first responders, emergency service agencies of Whidbey Island, Island County, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), and the private citizens who participated in the search and rescue efforts following the crash. The enormous outpouring and support we have received from our friends, family, and the public has been overwhelming.
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who also lost loved ones on-board. At this difficult time, we are requesting that our privacy be respected as we grieve the loss of our family members.”
Nine adults and one child were on board the aircraft. It is still unclear as to why the accident occurred.
Our thoughts are with the bereaved families at this difficult time.