Life support for actress Natasha Richardson has been turned off. The actress, 45, suffered a head injury in a skiing lesson in Montreal.
A statement issued by a publicist for Richardson’s husband, Liam Neeson, 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.”
What was most shocking in this tragedy was the seemingly harmless nature of the accident. Richardson had fallen during a beginner’s lesson. Resort spokeswoman Catherine Lacasse said that the actress was not wearing a ski helmet for her lesson.
“She was laughing and joking, and she walked to her room on her own,” Lacasse said. After complaining of a headache whe was taken to a hospital in Quebec.
Richardson’s family flew to her bedside after she was moved to Lenox Hill hospital in New York. Part of the Redgrave clan, she was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and sister of Joely Richardson (Nip / Tuck), married to actor Liam Neeson. Her maternal grandparents were the actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, and her uncle Corin and aunt Lynn Redgrave are both actors. Her father, Tony Richardson, was a director, who died in 1991.
Much of Richardson’s career was in stage and film performances. She won a Tony in 1998 for her performance in Cabaret. Her film performances include roles in The Handmaid’s Tale and The Parent Trap.
Her television roles included Ellis Island, Ghosts, Hostages, Tales from the Crypt, and The Masters of Manhattan.