Natasha Richardson passes away

Mother-of-two Natasha Richardson dies in New York as her family hold vigil at her bedside

Natasha Richardson has passed away, with her family at her bedside, after a tragic skiing accident.

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The mother-of-two, who fell during a private ski lesson in Canada three days ago, was flown home to New York for her family to pay its last respects, but passed away late last night.

In a brief statement, the family confirmed the sad news, saying: ‘Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.’

Doctors have not confirmed exactly how what appeared to be a simple fall on the slope turned so quickly into something more serious, although experts claim she may have suffered what is often called ‘walk and die syndrome‘, when a head injury appears at first to have caused little effect, but has in fact lead to bleeding and swelling in the brain.

A spokesperson at the resort where Natasha was taking skiing lessons said the actress had appeared unconcerned about her fall to begin with, turning down the offer for medical assistance and even signing a form to insist she felt fine. However, an hour later she complained of a headache and was immediately taken to hospital.

Unfortunately, even that swift response appears to have been too slow to save her life.

Part of one of the UK’s most famous acting dynasties, Natasha is the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and sister of Joely Richardson. Both were with her in the New York hospital where she passed away, alongside husband Liam Neeson and her two children, Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12.

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