Actress Natasha Richardson dies at 45

March 19th, 2009 - 10:33 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Natasha RichardsonAfter the reports of a minor skiing accident in Montreal, the actress Natasha Richardson was in a critical condition with a head injury and 24 hours of conflicting reports about her condition. The 45 year old, British actress has passed away after being taken off life support early on Wednesday.

Richardson was born in London in 1963, when her mother was still a promising young actress. Natasha’s father, film director Tony Richardson, was the more famous parent; that year he directed the 18th-century caper comedy Tom Jones, winning Oscars for the picture and himself. Natasha made her film debut at the age of four in Dad’s revisionist take on The Charge of the Light Brigade. By then, Vanessa Redgrave had become the brightest new light of stage (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) and screen (Morgan, Blowup, Camelot).

A representative for Liam Neeson wrote about her accident and condition on Monday. Since that time, there has been a lot of speculation as to her condition. There were reports that she had died and other reports that she was in a drug induced coma due to brain swelling. Meanwhile, her family and friends have been seen coming and going from the Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. While reports were grim, there was no official word one way or the other about her condition.

The family was said to be saying goodbye and struggling with the decision to disconnect her life support. Its now reported that she has died.

In 1994, Richardson married to Liam Neeson He was filming a movie in Toronto when she was injured. He flew to be with her immediately and the entire family gathered to be with her at the hospital in New York. Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson have two sons, 13-year-old Michael and 12-year-old Daniel Jack.

In the statement, Neeson writes that he and the boys are devastated and request privacy.

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