Posted by: da_nibbler | March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson Will Be Sorely Missed

Not even two days after initial reports of Natasha Richardson’s minor skiing accident in Montreal and 24 hours of conflicting reports concerning her condition, the British actress has passed away after having been taken off life support on Wednesday. She was only 45 years old.

Richardson, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and wife of Liam Neeson, suffered a devastating head injury Monday while skiing on a beginner’s slope outside Montreal during a trip with at least one of her two sons.

Initial reports of her death were retracted and changed to her being in dire condition, but late Wednesday it became known that she had suffered extensive head trauma and was brain dead.

This from People Magazine:

“As Natasha Richardson remained in a New York hospital, her family and friends had all but given up hope that she’ll recover from a severe head injury.”

“There is no chance,” a family friend told PEOPLE on Tuesday night. “It is a fact that her heart is beating but she is brain dead.”

Her dire condition – doctors described it to those close to Richardson as “leakage of blood between the brain and skull,” the friend says – has the actress’s family coming to grips with potentially having to make an unthinkably difficult decision. “It’s not official yet,” says the friend, “but they basically will detach her.”

Richardson, 45, the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, suffered a devastating head injury Monday while skiing on a beginner’s slope outside Montreal during a trip with at least one of her two sons. Her husband, Liam Neeson, 56, raced from a Toronto movie set to be with her as she was hospitalized.

On Tuesday, a private jet brought them both to New York, where family and friends gathered for a vigil.”

Alan Nierob, the Los Angeles-based publicist for Liam Neeson, confirmed her death in a written statement:

“Liam Neeson, his sons (Micheal and Daniel), and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

Natasha Richardson, you have been taken way before your time. Our hearts and best wishes go out to your husband and your two sons in these hard times, as well as both your families.

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  1. She was good in the Parent Trap and a few others… RIP Natasha


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