Actor Megan Hilty’s Pregnant Sister Presumed Dead After Plane Crash

The “Smash” star's brother-in-law and nephew were also among the 10 people aboard the seaplane that crashed near Seattle on Sunday.
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Three family members of “Smash” actor Megan Hilty are presumed dead in Sunday’s fatal seaplane crash near Seattle.

Hilty’s sister, Lauren Hilty, as well as the actor’s brother-in-law Ross Mickel and nephew Remy Mickel were among the 10 people aboard the plane that crashed into Puget Sound, according to a Tuesday release from the U.S. Coast Guard. One person was confirmed dead and nine were missing Sunday afternoon, The Seattle Times reported.

Hilty did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Megan Hilty is a Tony Award-winning actor who starred in the NBC series "Smash."
Megan Hilty is a Tony Award-winning actor who starred in the NBC series "Smash."
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By late Sunday, the body of an unnamed female had been recovered by crews in Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, but the Coast Guard said the person has not been positively identified.

Rescue teams have called off their search for the remaining nine people, the Coast Guard announced Monday on Twitter.

“All next of kin have been notified of this decision. Our hearts go out to the families, loved ones and friends of those who remain missing and the deceased,” the Coast Guard said.

Ross Mickel was a well-known winemaker and owner of Ross Andrew Winery. His family confirmed in a statement to NBC affiliate KING 5 that Lauren Hilty was pregnant at the time of the crash.

“We are deeply saddened and beyond devastated at the loss of our beloved Ross Mickel, Lauren Hilty, Remy and their unborn baby boy, Luca,” the statement said. “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.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified Hilty’s nephew Remy Mickel as her niece.

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