Updated: Actress Natasha Richardson died Wednesday night at 45

The sad news from New York is that Natasha Richardson has been flown home for that family can say final farewells to the actress. The wife of Liam Neeson was injured during a fall on a ski slope in Quebec, Canada. Richardson’s death was reported evening.
Update: Sources are now reporting Richardson has been taken off life support and is now dead. The family has not yet confirmed this.

Update: The Daily Mail reports: A family spokesman said: ‘Liam Neeson, his sons, 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.’

The fall where she hit her head appeared to be minor as Richardson was mobile afterward and went back to her hotel. It has been said that the actress was laughing when she first stood up. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

An hour later the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and Tony Richardson reported to not be feeling well and taken by ambulance to Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Ste-Agathe, Quebec. She was transferred later to Sacre-Coeur hospital in Montreal. Late Tuesday, reports surfaced that she was brain dead and put on life support. On Wednesday the actress and her husband were flown into New York City’s Lenox Hill hospital.

Various sources are telling the media that Richardson has been declared ‘brain dead.’

Ms Richardson won a Tony Award in 1998 for her role in Cabaret. She also has appeared in many films including The Handmaid’s Tale, Gothic, A Month in the Country, and Nell. She met her husband while filming Nell.

They were married in 1984 and have two sons.

The Daily Mail reports:

‘It’s so sad. Vanessa, her sister Lynn, everybody is gathering in New York to say goodbye,’ the close friend of the family told the Daily Mail last night, before adding: ‘No one can believe what has happened, that this once vibrant woman, full of love, of life, is lying there brain dead.’

Ms. Richardson is part of one of Britain’s theatrical dynasties. Her sister is Joely Richardson, 44, and her grandfather is Sir Michael Redgrave.

Peter McCabe of Headway UK said that this type of injury can be avoided by wearing a helmet.

‘If you have a fall and bash your head, please don’t assume all is well. It is better to get it checked. If a member of my family hurt their head I would take them to A&E just to be sure. Missing a few hours of fun is a price worth paying. I’ve seen so many instances of the damage brain injuries can do. If you lose consciousness at any time then go to the hospital and insist on getting scans. Headaches, vomiting, drowsiness and dilation of pupils are other serious warning signs. A good facility will scan the brain. If there are any signs of a build of pressure the neuroscientists can open the brain and give the swelling somewhere to go. It is possible to make a full recovery from a brain injury, but time is crucial.

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