A sea plane crash September 4 in Washington resulted in the tragic loss of Megan Hilty's sister Lauren, brother-in-law Ross Mickel, their child Remy Mickel, and their unborn baby Luca. ETonline reported the tragedy after receiving confirmation from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The family released the following statement, originally published by Seattle NBC affiliate KING 5:
"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 reportedly on the plane at the time of the crash off Whidbey Island, Washington, during its flight from Friday Harbor to Renton Municipal Airport. One deceased individual has been recovered so far, although the body has yet to be positively identified.
Hilty is known to audiences for her roles in the television show Smash and Broadway's Noises Off.