March 18 2009

R.I.P. Natasha Richardson

natasha richardson ripActress Natasha Richardson has passed away.

Unlike the rumors of Tuesday, this time it has been made official by a spokesman for the family.  She is survived by her husband, actor Liam Nesson, and their two  sons, aeges 12 and 13 years.  She was the daughter of Oscar winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, with whom she had worked on Broadway.  Ms. Richardson won a Tony for her role in Cabaret in 1998, and had appeared in numerous movies such as Nell (where she met her husband), The Parent Trap and The Handmaid’s Tale.

She was injured on Monday while taking a private skiing lesson at Mont Tremblant near Montreal. While practicing on the beginner’s slope, she fell, but wa sable to get up and walk away with no visible injuries. A member of the ski patrol and her instructor followed her to her room to watch over her, and an hour later she was taken to Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal. Mr. Nesson then raced to her side from Toronto where he was filming a movie.

Rumors abounded on Tuesday that she had died, then was just brain dead and then that her brain was swelling. She was moved from Canada to Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, though this was only confirmed by sightings of her family. On Wednesday afternoon she was taken off of life support, and was not expected to make it through the night. While the “brain dead” rumor was never confirmed it is looking highly likely that she was indeed at the time she was moved to New York.

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