Ski helmet could have saved Richardson’s life

March 21st, 2009 - 1:28 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 21 (IANS) Actress Natasha Richardson, who died this week in a skiing accident, had turned down a 6 pounds rented ski helmet that could have saved her life.
The 45-year-old actress, married to actor Liam Neeson, fell and suffered a fatal brain bleeding while skiing at a Canadian resort, thesun.co.uk reports.

A staff member at the resort said: “We are heartbroken that we didn’t do more to persuade her to wear one. A helmet would have cost her just $10 (Canadian). Every skier is encouraged to wear a helmet, especially beginners like Natasha. But it is not legally enforced and they can always refuse.

“I remember Natasha coming into the shop before her lesson. She seemed cheerful, bright and extremely beautiful. She said she wasn’t a good skier and was a little nervous. She spoke to other staff about her equipment, and they offered her some headgear.”

Natasha, the daughter of actress Vanessa Regrave, was taken to the hospital only when she complained of a headache after her fall.

Her death has left her family shattered.

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