Uma Thurman arrived at Natasha Richardson’s wake

March 21st, 2009 - 12:50 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The 45 year old actress, Natasha Richardson fell on Monday at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. She appeared fine and joked about the fall, but the ski patrol insisted she see a doctor.

On Friday afternoon, Liam Neeson gathered with friends and loved ones at the American Irish Historical Society on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for a private viewing of his wife Natasha Richardson’s body two days after her tragic death following a ski accident while on vacation in Canada.

Among those attending were Uma Thurman, Diane Sawyer and Richardson’s mother, Vanessa Redgrave, and sister, Joely Richardson.

Longtime Richardson friend, Mathilde Krim, who is the founding chairman of the AIDS research organization amfAR, described the wake as “very respectful.” The tearful Krim told PEOPLE that Richardson, looked “beautiful, incredibly beautiful” in her casket.

Richardson’s body was moved to the society this morning from the Greenwich Village Funeral Home in downtown Manhattan. After today’s wake, Richardson will be buried Sunday during a private funeral service in Millbrook, N.Y., where she belonged to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.

The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on the Tony Award-winning actress Thursday. The office ruled her death accidental, citing the cause as an epidural hematoma due to blunt force trauma to the head.

Neeson and family members were by her side when she died. Her death was announced in a statement released Wednesday evening by Neeson’s publicist.

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