Sad News: Natasha Richardson Passes At 45

As we feared, the family has announced that Natasha Richardson has passed away after being taken off of life support. This is sad news, indeed. She will be missed and she will not be forgotten. My thoughts go out to her family and friends. She was loved by many. 


Sad News: Natasha Richardson Passes At 45

Natasha Taken Off Life Support

2009_0317_gettyimages_natasharichardson_1_0Liz Smith reports that Natasha Richardson has been taken off life support.

…Word is in at 1:30 PM WEDNESDAY they have taken Natasha off of life support. This is not unexpected. Insiders felt yesterday, on learning they were flying Natasha in to Lenox Hill, that this meant her condition was hopeless and they were just finding a place to be together with her and to say good-bye. As one insider remarked:”Nobody goes to Lenox Hill who is really sick; if she’ d had a chance to live, they’d have found another great brain hospital!” This is all just utterly horrible to write!

Will report more as I find out.

Natasha Taken Off Life Support

Praying For Natasha Richardson

From the Huffington Post:

s-natasha-richardson-largeHours after reports that Natasha Richardson suffered a serious brain injury while skiing, Time Out New York, Fox News and the NY Post claim that she is brain dead, which TMZ refutes.

Richardson is currently en route to New York from Canada via private jet, her second hospital transfer in 24 hours. The flight has beenconfirmed by the AP and a hospital spokesman.

Fox claims she is coming home to then be taken off life support and allowed to die:

Sources close to Tony-award winning actress Natasha Richardson tell that the 45-year-old actress is brain dead, and being transported back to New York City before she is to be taken off life support. 

They had no official confirmation, but at 12:39 TONY wrote that she is brain dead, although alive:

Although public reports have not yet confirmed it, sources close to Richardson’s family and friends say they have already been told the awful news: She will not survive the accident, and is currently brain dead. 

The NY Post reports:

Actress Natasha Richardson is brain dead, after falling in a ski accident in Canada, friends told The Post today. 

The TONY updated their story at 1:58 with a clarification about their initial RIP headline, seen below:

TONY’s sources have clarified the situation: Richardson is brain dead but has not passed away. Sources close to the family indicate that they are treating it as a death. We will update you on this sad story as circumstances warrant. We apologize to the family and to our readers. 

TMZ, however, hears differently:

The hospital tells TMZ Richardson is sedated and suffering from brain swelling — but is not brain dead.

Richardson, 45, is the wife of actor Liam Neeson and the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave.

She and Neeson have two sons.

Addendum: As of 5:45 PST. From

Lyne Lortie of the Mont Tremblant ski resort said Richardson was conscious and showed no signs of a serious head injury after she fell on a beginner run on Monday while in the company of an experienced instructor.

Though the actress had not been wearing a helmet, she fell “right in the middle of the trail. She didn’t hit anyone or anything. It was a normal fall that you would expect from a ski lesson,” Lortie told CBC News.

“She showed no injuries. She was talking. She seemed all right. But [the ski patrol] have to follow strict procedures so they brought her back to the bottom of the slope,” Lortie said, adding that Monday was a “beautiful sunny day” and that the slope “wasn’t icy at all.”

The patrol accompanied Richardson and her instructor to her hotel room, where the actress was advised to see a doctor. Later, Richardson reported feeling unwell and an ambulance was called.

The actress was first taken to the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Ste-Agathe and later transferred to Sacré-Coeur hospital, the ski resort said.

Neeson, who had been in Toronto filming the Atom Egoyan movie Chloe on Monday, immediately left the Toronto set upon receiving news of his wife’s accident.

The couple’s two pre-teen sons, Michael and Daniel, are reportedly in New York.

“We know that she has had an accident, but we really do not know any more details,” actress Kika Markham, Richardson’s aunt, told BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones in London earlier Tuesday.

“We are very concerned,” said Markham, who is married to Richardson’s uncle, Corin Redgrave.

Praying For Natasha Richardson