Actress Jessica Marais mourns loss of mother Karen

Actress Jessica Marais is mourning the death of her mother, Karen, who passed away last week.

Jessica's friend and Packed to the Rafters co-star Hugh Sheridan confirmed the heartbreaking news in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

'I'm grieving for my dearest and sweetest friend, who has now lost both of her parents far too young,' he wrote.

Heartbreaking news: Actress Jessica Marais is mourning the death of her mother, Karen, who passed away last week. Pictured at the TV Week Logie Awards on April 23, 2017 in Melbourne

Heartbreaking news: Actress Jessica Marais is mourning the death of her mother, Karen, who passed away last week. Pictured at the TV Week Logie Awards on April 23, 2017 in Melbourne

Rest in peace: Jessica is pictured with her late mother (left) at the Logie Awards on May 1, 2011

Rest in peace: Jessica is pictured with her late mother (left) at the Logie Awards on May 1, 2011

Three days earlier, on Saturday, Jessica had shared a childhood photo to Instagram of herself with her late mother and sister, Clara, at the beach.

While she did not disclose her mother's death in the caption, several of her friends understood the significance of the post and offered their condolences.

Jessica was just nine years old when she watched her father, university dean Tony Marais, collapse and die from a heart attack.

Tribute: On Saturday, Jessica had shared this childhood photo to Instagram of herself with her late mother and sister at the beach. She did not disclose her mother's death in the caption, but several of her friends understood the significance of the post and offered their condolences

Tribute: On Saturday, Jessica had shared this childhood photo to Instagram of herself with her late mother and sister at the beach. She did not disclose her mother's death in the caption, but several of her friends understood the significance of the post and offered their condolences

'She pulled us through a very hard time': Jessica previously credited her mother Karen (left) with supporting her and her sister Clara after they watched their father collapse and die from a heart attack when Jessica was just nine. Pictured in 2011

'She pulled us through a very hard time': Jessica previously credited her mother Karen (left) with supporting her and her sister Clara after they watched their father collapse and die from a heart attack when Jessica was just nine. Pictured in 2011

Sharing the love: Jessica's friend and Packed to the Rafters co-star Hugh Sheridan confirmed the heartbreaking news in an Instagram post on Tuesday

Sharing the love: Jessica's friend and Packed to the Rafters co-star Hugh Sheridan confirmed the heartbreaking news in an Instagram post on Tuesday

Actor Hugh, who has known Jessica since their university days, shared his memories of Karen and said how proud she was of her daughter.

'We’ve helped each other through our lives changing in so many ways. Our wins and highs met extreme lows sometimes, but we always made it through,' he wrote.

'I can't tell you how s**t I feel knowing I can’t hug you right now. To have distance between us when I want to be with you,' added Hugh, who lives in Los Angeles. 

'I can’t tell you how s**t I feel knowing I can’t hug you right now': Actor Hugh, who is in Los Angeles, shared his condolences from afar and vowed to return to Australia 'very soon' to hug his beautiful friend

'I can’t tell you how s**t I feel knowing I can’t hug you right now': Actor Hugh, who is in Los Angeles, shared his condolences from afar and vowed to return to Australia 'very soon' to hug his beautiful friend

'I love you Jess. I’ll be back very soon and I will hug you for a very long time (after I get lot of quarantine),' he promised. 

Hugh also quoted The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, ending it with hashtags 'you have made all the difference', 'long live our queen' and 'long may we continue'. 

Jessica co-parents seven-year-old daughter Scout Edie with ex-fiance and actor James Stewart.

James went on to marry Home and Away co-star Sarah Roberts in 2019, while Jessica was last linked to photographer Jake Holly.

Modern family: Jessica (right) co-parents seven-year-old daughter Scout Edie (middle) with ex-fiance and actor James Stewart (left). The exes are believed to be on good terms

Modern family:

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