Broadway actress Megan Hilty is in mourning after several family members died in a plane crash near Seattle, Washington.
King 5 reported that Megan's sister Lauren, who was pregnant with her second child, was aboard the plane — as were Lauren's husband, Ross Mickel, and their son, Remy. In all, 10 people died when the single-engine propeller plane went down on Sunday, Sept. 4, into Puget Sound near Whidbey Island. The crash site is about 30 miles from Seattle.
"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," Ross's family said in a statement.
On Sept. 7, Megan broke her silence, sharing on Instagram alongside photos of her loved ones, "On Sunday afternoon, a small float plane crashed into Puget Sound off the coast of Whidbey Island. My beloved sister Lauren, brother-in-law Ross and baby nephew Remy were on that plane. 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."
Megan continued, "The last three days have been the worst of our lives. There are truly no words to appropriately convey the depth of our grief. The last thing I wanted to do was acknowledge this painful family tragedy publicly, but it's come to my attention that several news outlets have misgendered my sweet nephew and some haven't even mentioned baby Luca," the Broadway star explained. "Lauren and Ross left behind my niece who we are all holding in our hearts. Thankfully, she was not on the plane and we ask that her name and personal information be kept private as she is a minor."
"It is important these details be corrected to respectfully honor everyone we've lost and the loved ones they've left behind," added Megan, who starred in "Smash" and "Annie Live," as well as in several Broadway shows. "The outpouring of love and support has meant so much to everyone in our family. It has been so comforting to know just how loved Lauren, Ross, Remy and Luca truly are."
It's unclear what caused the plane crash. TMZ reported that one body had been recovered before the search was suspended on Monday. The plane was operated by Friday Harbor Seaplanes.