The media has gone back and forth today regarding Natasha Richardson’s condition following her skiing accident. Earlier this morning, Time Out New York declared the 45 year old actress died from a head injury sustained on the beginner’s slope on Mont Tremblant in Quebec.
Shortly after posting the article, Time Out pulled it completely, and claimed the family friend who gave them the info on Natasha’s death back-tracked and said she was instead “brain dead.”
Meanwhile, TMZ reported Natasha was transported to a NYC hospital, and was “sedated and suffering from brain swelling — but, contrary to some reports, is not brain dead.”
The latest report of the day came from the New York Post, who back up Time Out’s assertion that Natasha is indeed brain dead, and her family is currently saying their goodbyes.
Richardson is being transported to New York this afternoon so her mom Vanessa Redgrave, two children and other loved ones can say goodbye before she’s taken off life-support, friends said.
Liam Neeson, husband of the Broadway and screen star, left shooting of his movie in Toronto to rush to Richardson’s side in Montreal and now on the trip home.
The British-born Richardson fell during a private lesson at Mont Tremblant resort yesterday and allegedly told resort employees she felt fine. But an hour later, she complained of an extreme headache and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Richardson was on a beginner’s slope and reportedly not wearing a helmet when she fell, although headgear is not required.
“She did not show any visible sign of injury but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor,” said a statement from the resort, which is almost 80 miles northwest of Montreal.
“Approximately an hour after the incident Mrs. Richardson was not feeling good.”
I’ll post more info as it comes in…