“There is no chance” for Natasha Richardson

natasha_richardson_2.jpgNatasha Richardson is currently at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, but friends and family are not hopeful that she’ll recover from a serious brain injury she sustained on a Montreal ski slope on Monday. “There is no chance,” a family friend told people.com on Tuesday night. “It is a fact that her heart is beating but she is brain dead.” Richardson’s mother and sister, Vanessa Redgrave and Joelly Richardson, arrived at the hospital last night. “This is painful for the family. Please leave the family alone,” said a woman who accompanied Joelly, who was on the verge of tears. Richardson, who was not wearing a helmet, apparently fell on a bunny slope and hit her head during a lesson with a ski instructor. She was accompanied by one of her sons, 13-year-old Michéal Neeson. Richardson was talking and laughing after the fall, but an hour later complained of a headache. She was taken to  Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Sainte Agathe, then transferred to a Montreal hospital where her husband, Liam Neeson, who’d been in Toronto filming, joined her. A decision was made to move her to New York City, where the couple has an apartment on Central Park West. Toronto Star reporters were on hand when the transfer was made, and saw Richardson wrapped in blankets, her face covered with tubes, being wheeled into an ambulance in Montreal, while her husband joined her, looking distraught. Richardson comes from a showbusiness family. Her father was the late, Oscar-winning director Tony Richardson and her aunt, who is reportedly on her way to New York as well, is Lynn Redgrave.

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  1. ke • March 18, 2009 @ 11:10 AM

    so sad for this to happen to anyone…no words.

  2. Jo-Anne. • March 18, 2009 @ 11:26 AM

    this is absolutely heart wrenching and my heart goes out to the family…so tragic

  3. twilight fan • March 18, 2009 @ 12:45 PM

    This is very sad news she will be in my prayers and her family as well as they deal with this difficult time

  4. Rachel • March 18, 2009 @ 1:11 PM

    My thoughts are with her and her family at this very difficult time.

  5. Mitch • March 18, 2009 @ 2:44 PM

    People think if you fall on snow….no problem. However, packed snow….depending how deep….is as hard as concrete. Same thing with water.

  6. Nancy • March 18, 2009 @ 3:20 PM

    My prayers are with her and her family.

  7. mandee • March 18, 2009 @ 4:51 PM

    completely heart breaking 🙁

  8. tributegirl • March 18, 2009 @ 5:12 PM

    How sad. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her loved ones now.

  9. Jonathan Crossman • March 18, 2009 @ 5:13 PM

    This happens to people every day. Why should we feel any more sympathy for a celebrity?

  10. Jen • March 18, 2009 @ 7:26 PM

    My wishes and preys go to the family and too her I hope for the best. I wish there was someway to save her.

  11. ke • March 18, 2009 @ 7:34 PM

    i don;t think we feel more sympathy because she’s a celebrity but being a celebrity, it means we know her. this is a sad thing to happen to anyone but i feel a little worse for her than say another woman going through the same thing only because i know her more. not to mean i actually know her in person but she’s been in films i’ve loved.

  12. Katrina • March 18, 2009 @ 8:40 PM

    So sad =( … My thought and prayers with her and her family at this difficult time. May god save her. xo

  13. JD • March 18, 2009 @ 8:48 PM

    It’s been confirmed by CNN at around 8:30 p.m. on their site that she has succumbed to her injuries.

  14. lily • March 18, 2009 @ 8:49 PM

    There is terrible, terrible news just posted on CNN.com. This beautiful woman has just passed away earlier this evening. What a dreadful tragedy for her husband and young sons.

  15. Anon • March 18, 2009 @ 8:53 PM

    I just read that she passed away. This is so sad; she takes a lesson on a beginner hill and dies. My daughter snowboards and thinks Im a total pain in the @$$ but I dont let her on the lift without her helmet on. She thinks Im nuts and that the helmet is only for the terrain park; maybe now shell see the damage even a bunny hill can do.

  16. lily • March 18, 2009 @ 9:02 PM

    It is truly a horribly sad story.
    Anon, I have huge respect for the way you are protecting your daughter. I know some people who want to be there kids best friends, but I think your first responsibility is to be a strong parent.

  17. Nancy • March 18, 2009 @ 9:05 PM

    I agree, Anon. I enforce my kids wearing helmets to snowboard and crazy carpet on the smaller hills in our backyard. I hope the media will let her family grieve in peace.

  18. mandee • March 18, 2009 @ 9:14 PM

    Jonathan Crossman on March 18, 2009 5:13 pm

    we have already had this discussion *everyone else on tribute i mean*. its not that we would have any less sympathy if this were happening to someone else, its just that this is more public news so its much easier for us all to comment on how sad it is and feel the heartbreak her family must be going through. if this happened to one of my neighbours, i would feel the exact same sympathies for them.

    i feel really really bad that her son was there when this accident happened. i dont think thats something he will ever be able to get over. my heart and prayers go out to the family in this terrible time.

  19. Anon • March 18, 2009 @ 10:33 PM

    lily on March 18, 2009 9:02 pm

    Thanks lily. I also agree with your comment on separating friendship from parenting. Too many of my kids friends have parents that try the buddy approach, but it really doesnt work. Parent first though our kids need to feel close enough to be able to talk to us about anything. I always tell my kids that I’m their mother, but also their best friend because no one will ever want more for them than me. No one will keep their secrets better, no one will build their character as well as I will and no on will ever accept them unconditionally like I will 🙂 But as good as a parent as we are in one sense, we equally fail in another.

    Nancy on March 18, 2009 9:05 pm

    We are a lot alike in safety for our kids. Back in the day (my kids are 18 & 19) helmets were just coming out for biking etc and I remember the fights this caused at home. They didnt want to look like “losers” in front of their friends. Most kids werent wearing them then, but I stuck to my guns like Im sure you have to do. Lol

    But, back to topic: it is a shame she didnt pull through, I really liked her and hope her family will have some privacy as well.

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