Megan Hilty has publicly broken her silence about the loved ones she lost in a seaplane crash in Washington state on Sunday afternoon.
The “Smash” star released a statement on Instagram Wednesday night mourning the loss of her pregnant sister, brother-in-law and nephew.
“My beloved sister Lauren, my brother-in-law Ross and my little nephew Remy were on that plane,” she wrote. “To make this news even more devastating, my sister was eight months pregnant and we were expecting to welcome baby boy Luca into the world next month.”
Lauren Hilty and Ross Mickel and their child Remy Mickel were among 10 people named in the casualty list released by the United States Coast Guard on Tuesday. The seaplane crashed in Puget Sound on Sunday, and on Monday the The USCG has suspended its active search for the missing persons.
“The last three days have been the worst of our lives,” Hilty continued. “There really are no words to adequately express the depth of our grief.”
The actor-singer said it was “the last thing I wanted to do” to address the loss publicly, but used her post to correct previous reports of the deaths. Hilty said several outlets “misrepresented my sweet nephew’s gender and some didn’t even mention baby Luca.”
News outlets, including The Times, misidentified Remy Mickel as Hilty’s niece. Hilty, who is also known for her Tony-nominated work in Broadway musicals, clarified that her niece was not on board the seaplane on Sunday. She requested that personal information about her niece not be disclosed.
“It is important that these details are corrected to respectfully honor everyone we have lost and the loved ones they left behind,” she said. “The outpouring of love and support has meant so much to everyone in our family. It was so comforting to know how loved Lauren, Ross, Remy and Luca really are.”
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