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March 18, 2009

Tragic Skiing Accident in Canada

Horrible skiing accident puts the wife of Liam Nelson in a coma and the prospects do not look good:

Natasha Richardson is reportedly brain dead.

The 45-year-old actress - the wife of Liam Neeson, daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and sister of Joely Richardson - was rushed to hospital after sustaining a serious head injury while skiing in Canada on Monday and has since been flown to New York's Lenox Hill Hospital.

A source close to the family said: "It's so sad. Vanessa, her sister Lynn, everybody is gathering in New York to say goodbye. No one can believe what has happened, that this once vibrant woman, full of love, of life, is lying there brain dead."

Liam - who has two children with Natasha, 13-year-old Micheal and 12-year-old Daniel - rushed to be by his wife's side from Toronto when he learnt of her accident.

Natasha was taking a private ski lesson on the beginners' run at Mont Tremblant, Canada, but fell down when she reached the bottom of the run.

The actress was not wearing a helmet, but immediately stood up and insisted she was fine.

A Mont Tremblant spokeswoman said: "She was laughing and joking and she walked to her room on her own."

Natasha began complaining of a headache an hour later and was taken to hospital. She was later transferred to the intensive care unit.

WEAR A HELMET. This is so horrible. That is all I can think is how glad I am that I always have a helmet on. My Giro Encore is awesome. Just upgraded this season.

Posted by Justin at March 18, 2009 11:10 AM


Several reports state that she was brought down in a sled, and returned to her hotel room with her instructor and a member of patrol. Both of which stand out as rather odd details for someone checked out as okay by Patrol.

Regardless of what really happened, this is a sad situation and send good vibes to her and her family.

Posted by: Oft-piste at March 18, 2009 06:42 PM

Sad indeed, as we now know what the tragic outcome of this was. Preach it from the snow covered mountaintops, Justin. Wear. A. Helmet. This. Means. YOU!

Posted by: Joni at March 21, 2009 11:59 PM