Natasha Richardson dies from ski injury

March 18th, 2009 // 201 Comments

After conflicting reports on her condition Tuesday and word today that she had suffered irreparable brain damage, Natasha Richardson’s ordeal came to a tragic end when she passed away today from a head injury suffered while skiing in Canada. The AP reports:

“Liam Neeson, his sons (Micheal and Daniel), and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha,” the statement said. “They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
The statement did not give details on the cause of death for Richardson, who suffered a head injury when she fell on a beginner’s trail during a private ski lesson at the luxury Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. She was hospitalized Tuesday in Montreal and later flown to a hospital in New York.
It was a sudden and horrifying loss for her family and friends, for the film and theater communities, for her many fans and for both her native and adoptive countries. Descended from at least three generations of actors, Richardson was a proper Londoner who came to love the noise of New York, an elegant blonde with large, lively eyes, a bright smile and a hearty laugh.

Rest in Peace, Natasha.

Photo: WENN
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  1. #134 theres certain cowardice that comes with the detachment of the internet…This story can make you reflect, it can happen to anyone…

  2. Aanjo

    There’s a point at which you stop making shitty jokes and show some respect. Death is that point.

  3. This site is pathetic as is everyone who posts here.

  4. Lowlands

    Our sympathy goes out to the loved ones of Natasha Richardson.

  5. pete

    “There’s a point at which you stop making shitty jokes and show some respect. Death is that point.”

    Uh, ok. So we’ll stop making jokes when we die. Excellent point, retard.

  6. Natasha

    What a tragedy~~~~But I’ve moved on to hook up with rich decaying men on **ri ch m atch necrophilia .com ** I here there are lots of hot rich guys there with at least parts of their penises intact……

  7. JPRichardson

    That’s not the video! The real video of her accident can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

  8. friendlyfires

    Tash, Cher says to say hello to Sonny.

  9. That’s not the video! The real video of her accident can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

    She seemed to be OK; then FLOP! she was gone.

  10. HMS Nerd

    There’s something to be said for celeblogs. At least they’ve been sort of consistent on this story; whereas the magazines they link to have been completely contradictory. http://www.newsy.com/videos/u_s_responds_to_actress_tragedy/

  11. HMS Nerd

    There’s something to be said for celeblogs. At least they’ve been sort of consistent on this story; whereas the magazines they link to have been completely contradictory. http://www.newsy.com/videos/u_s_responds_to_actress_tragedy/

  12. Moolarg

    I am shocked!
    She was much to young for this!
    I loved her in “Gothic” the Ken Russell film…
    Very Sad.

  13. beep beep

    #135: According to your logic, people should also wear helmets while walking around in winter weather because they might slip and fall on the ice. You sound like a soccer-mom who puts her kids in padded rooms because you’re afraid that they’ll poke their eye out if they open a bottle of water by themselves. Mindless irresponsiblity?” Go make your hubby dinner and wash the dishes before he beats you across the face.

    P.S. Has anyone ever heard of wearing a helmet while skiing (besides people who ski in the Olympics)? Didn’t think so. “

  14. fine linen

    Recreational ski and snowboard helmets are manufactured to a standard that provides protection at 14 mph or less, whereas it is common to ski and snowboard between 25 and 40 mph, he says.

    In other words, #35, when you’re going at speeds between 25 and 40 mph and you hit a fixed object like a tree, whether you’re wearing a helmet isn’t going to matter.

  15. sybann

    Life is dangerous. None of us get outta here alive. Thanks for handling this tragedy with class semi-Superficial!

  16. yes, and...

    # 113, you said it well, and thank you for doing so.

    RIP Natasha, and best wishes to her family.

  17. Unjustifiable

    To #20: I haved help and help more people than you even have known.
    To justifiable: You can take your capitaism and it’s thieves and armies of peasent slaves and overbearing murderers and go to Hell. The root meaning of capitalsim means “to take advantage of”. And that is what has happened my right wing brain-washed “Tell ‘em Rush Limbaugh, tell that you hope the democratic president fails” traitorous heartless pile of sterile filth.
    I am not a poser humanitarian any more than any other person who feels sorry for the poor helpless victims of greed and the cowards who wield them. Look at what the Romans did to the rest of Europe 2000 years ago my white elitist ignorant little asshole. They conquered them and killed them by the millions only because they lived in a part of the world that was more advanced culturally and technologically. They were certainly no smarter than the celtic and germanic peoples inherently were. The same holds true today. We dominate and destroy other peoples simply becase we have benefitted from being “ahead” of them. Look at how fast the Japanese caught up to us.
    All is fair in love and war the crooks say.

    Yeah I am a liberal and I prefer socialism. I just can’t see how Alex Rodrigues is worth what hundreds of millions to play baseball? Howard Stern and Rush signed contracts worth half a billion to run their dirty mouths on the radio. Why do people listen to them in the first place.

    Anyway, I am here on this site to fuck with asssacks like you dumbfuck!!!
    Have a lousy day!

  18. Real Taste

    #135: YOUR children suffer everyday because you’re a whiny, bossy, ignorant twat of a housewife.

  19. Tee

    #49 Joe:

    The Montreal hospital was Sacre Coeur de Montreal. It is associated with the Universite de Montreal.

    You have speculated that the hospital did not have the necessary CT scans, etc, to properly diagnose Ms. Richardson, blaming the Canadian universal health care system for not equipping all hospitals with adequate technology. I’ve lived in Montreal and also in very small Canadian cities, and I can assure you that there are CT and MRI capabilities in all Canadian hospitals, with the possible exception of VERY small towns, in which case patients would be airlifted to the nearest large hospital with these technologies. Montreal is a city with a 3.6 million population. Rest assured, Sacre Coeur has CT scans.

    From what I’ve read, Ms. Richardson herself denied she needed medical help, and it wasn’t until she developed a severe headache that she allowed for medical attention. By this time, it was already too late. No CT scan, even if they’d had one at Mont Tremblant, the ski resort, could have saved her by this time. She was already brain dead by the time she arrived at Sacre Coeur and the family moved her to New York so that family and friends could see her one last time, not because New York had the nearest CT scan.

    I understand all American ski resorts have MRI and CT scans in their lobbies. It’s truly a shame Canada doesn’t.

    This is a staggering tragedy. With all the celebutards out there contributing nothing to society, Natasha Richardson was a classy, talented lady. She represented what Hollywood USED to be.

  20. Damn

    @165, you stole my idea!!!!

  21. Apes in the White House

    If only more Obomma supporters would give skiing a try………

  22. Damn

    @156, sorry, gave 165 credit. Still, funny…..

  23. mikeock

    When I look at that picture of her,I can’t help myself. I’m looking for a nip slip.

  24. cavy

    #172, Yeah, you sure sound like a wonderful human being – how can you criticize the Prez when you’re such and asshole? I’d like to see YOU do a better job!

  25. cavy

    RIP Natasha – my heart goes out to her family. It’s such a rare thing to see two happily married people in the movie industry. Wishing Natasha’s family much strength. So sad!

  26. justifiable

    #168 That is the most muddled mass of crap I’ve ever had the misfortune to read – your EEG must read like a flat line. I suggest you crack a dictionary and really look up the term, because you obviously don’t know the difference berween imperialism and free enterprise. If you come here to fuck with people (yeah, sure, we reeeaally believe that) then you’d better be able to bring it. You obviously left it at home, ya dumbfuck.

  27. Charles Lobsterman

    4, 11, 23 and 107. Who is this “God” you keep referring to?

  28. Charles Darwin

    177 I feel your genetics are not worthly of procreation. Please tell me you haven’t done so?
    IN REALITY imperialism and free enterprise are essentially the same thing my good retard. You see my good buttfuck, politicians are the lapdogs of the very rich and the very rich get what they want no matter the consequences for those who stand in the way of that which they cravenly desire you intolerably idiotic dolt.

  29. mr sticky

    Helmet laws suck!

  30. justifiable

    I am sorry sir, I will slit my belly tomorrow at noon. No sir, I could not find a woman to love me and so I have taken as many older balding fat men as possible during the wasted years of my useless existence. Forgive me.

  31. Pandakeeper

    She should have been wearing a helmet. I’ve been snowboarding for years and just started wearing a helmet this year. A friend of mine’s brother died in his arms last year from a skate boarding accident because…he didn’t wear a helmet.

    Hey, I’m a chick and I love wearing a cute ski beanie with my long hair flying while I ride. BUT, I would rather save my brain and life.

    WEAR A HELMET!

  32. Pandakeeper

    She should have been wearing a helmet. I’ve been snowboarding for years and just started wearing a helmet this year. A friend of mine’s brother died in his arms last year from a skate boarding accident because…he didn’t wear a helmet.

    Hey, I’m a chick and I love wearing a cute ski beanie with my long hair flying while I ride. BUT, I would rather save my brain and life.

    WEAR A HELMET!

  33. Pandakeeper

    She should have been wearing a helmet. I’ve been snowboarding for years and just started wearing a helmet this year. A friend of mine’s brother died in his arms last year from a skate boarding accident because…he didn’t wear a helmet.

    Hey, I’m a chick and I love wearing a cute ski beanie with my long hair flying while I ride. BUT, I would rather save my brain and life.

    WEAR A HELMET!

  34. Pandakeeper

    She should have been wearing a helmet. I’ve been snowboarding for years and just started wearing a helmet this year. A friend of mine’s brother died in his arms last year from a skate boarding accident because…he didn’t wear a helmet.

    Hey, I’m a chick and I love wearing a cute ski beanie with my long hair flying while I ride. BUT, I would rather save my brain and life.

    WEAR A HELMET!

  35. Pandakeeper

    She should have been wearing a helmet. I’ve been snowboarding for years and just started wearing a helmet this year. A friend of mine’s brother died in his arms last year from a skate boarding accident because…he didn’t wear a helmet.

    Hey, I’m a chick and I love wearing a cute ski beanie with my long hair flying while I ride. BUT, I would rather save my brain and life.

    WEAR A HELMET!

  36. Sad. I’ve never heard of her, but too bad.
    Condolences to her husband and children (if any).
    Too bad it wasn’t her mother though.

  37. francesca

    people shouldn’t be surprised by the ignorant disrespectful comments here as we are on the superficial.com website, it attracts all kinds of people good and bad

    people keep on saying so what people die from AIDS, cancer, she was rich etc and most of those things are true but being a celebrity puts you in the public eye so all that happens to you is seen and talked about by many as many have seen it. society is fond of elevating celebrities to an almost godly status so don’t be surprised when their deaths achieve the same attention.

    i think its a shame that some people are being truly disgusting in their comments as natasha wasn’t one of those actresses that craved the limelight, that sought to be in front of the paparazzis lenses, that got upto silly mischief that most of the celebrities mentioned here do. but yet her death has really brought out the worst in people,

    fine you didn’t know her, fine maybe they shouldn’t be blowing up her death so much on the tv and in newspapers but someone has died. and i know most of these silly commenters are vomitting stupidity cloaked in the bravery the internet provides, they wouldn’t appreciate if they lost someone close to them.

  38. Lio

    @ 64 and @62 , you are a complete and total fags.
    when you get into an accident or something horrible happens, and you are lying there asking “why me”? you’ll know why.

    go fuck yourselfs

  39. justifiable

    #179/181 Nice try, Upchuck Darwin – and as usual you fall pathetically short of the mark. But how nice to see your spyrochete-riddled brain is quickly reducing itself to soup – talking to yourself while pretending to be other people is a sure sign of decompensation. Just as an aside, “idiotic dolt” is a redundancy, but since that was no doubt daddy’s favorite name for you I’m sure you use it inappropriately and often out of sheer sentimental value.

    Imperialism denotes the indirect political or economic control of powerful states over weaker ones, and there is not an a priori connection between it and a privately controlled method of producing wealth. Just because Lenin defined it as the ultimate stage of capitalism doesn’t make it an absolute notion. Now perhaps you’ll stew your brain gravy down a little more explaining to us how planned economy communist China’s imperialist takeover of Tibet is capitalism at its finest, and expand on how the socialist Soviet Union’s imperialist foray into Afghanistan to support the PDPA against the mujahedin enlarged their rich capitalist stronghold.

    Is it soup yet?

  40. denny crain

    #188 There’s a lot of envy fromthe have-nots here today . She was a realperson who valued her family and her work the most,. She was vacationing with her kids, not out drinkung and driving like Paris Hilton or LL and she didn’t make the money for the vacation by screwing over or hurting anyone else. I’m sure saying “fuck her she died wearing 5K ski equipment” makes all of you feel like real big people, so much better than anyone else because you don’t have that. I don’t have it either but why should I be jealous and resentful because she did? From what I read about her she never went around thinking or acting like she was better than anyone else so your sour grapes reaction just shows your true colors as bitter crappy human beings.

  41. Awful! Who would go to the doctor for that? It’s scary.

    Also awful that her only movie the news can remember is the “Parent Trap” remake. “Gothic” usually pops in my mind.

  42. Have not

    191 Have nots? Do you guys think it’s funny that your crooked Wall Street thugs have ruined our economy? You right wing wackos and your republican administration went through $10 trillion? I bet you coward asswipes are pissed not that the new president is trying to make peace with Iran too. Are you proud now that china and russia have both fucked with us in one week? What do you think we should do, invade all three? Yeah and do it with your kids and $$$.
    Have nots, the useless eaters. You heartless phony waste of life energy. Your matter would have been better used as a boil on the ass of a cow.
    Jealousy? When was the last time you saw a flag draped coffin of some poor american soldier coming home to rot in the ground in a box? Since that person was “poor” their life was meaningless. Go fuck yourself.

  43. also have not

    193 chill, I think 191 meant people who are always jealous when anyone has something they don’t, rather than everyone in the country who’s taking a hard hit because of Wall Street assholes. We’re all going to be have nots for a long time thanks to them. But I see a lot of haters that are pissed off that she had money to go skiing so why should they feel sorry she died? I think that’s childish. She had nothing to do with the current mess, she didn’t profit from it so they should save it for the people who deserve it like the republicans and the Bush admin, the AIG assholes and Madoff’s wife who wants to keep their multi millions that they ripped off people for rather than her. I was going to say that no matter if your rich or poor no life is meaningless but when it comes to those guys I might be wrong.

  44. Have not

    193 you’re right. I have nothing negative to say about the lovely lady and I am saddened by her misfortune. I have pent up rage against the wretchedness of society at large and the war-mongering and exclusiveness and criminality of our plutocracy. They only think that they matter and we don’t and as a man with a full set it angers me.
    I did not mean to sound as though it was anything other than a tragedy for this woman but for the love of whatever gods, there are millions dying nameless whose lives are not priveleged and they die without dignity and honor.
    Peace.

  45. also have not

    #195 These are all valid things to be enraged about – I love that AIG execs are getting death threats. These clueless fuckers STILL don’t get it and when I hear Wall Street and the banks feeling sorry for themselves and whining about how they “earned” those bonuses I’m all for stringing them up or calling for a little gillotine action before we seize all their assets. I want them to pay and pay dearly.
    But I don’t think feeling bad and taking a moment to reflect on this woman’s untimely death takes away from the tragedy of someone anonymous – millions do go unreported but for many of those there are greiving families left like Neeson and their children and her mother and sister and their pain is just the same. Somehing as senseless as this makes me realize how I appreciate my family and how fragile life can be and how I shouldn’t waste it.
    Peace too.

  46. also have not

    #195 These are all valid things to be enraged about – I love that AIG execs are getting death threats. These clueless fuckers STILL don’t get it and when I hear Wall Street and the banks feeling sorry for themselves and whining about how they “earned” those bonuses I’m all for stringing them up or calling for a little gillotine action before we seize all their assets. I want them to pay and pay dearly.
    But I don’t think feeling bad and taking a moment to reflect on this woman’s untimely death takes away from the tragedy of someone anonymous – millions do go unreported but for many of those there are greiving families left like Neeson and their children and her mother and sister and their pain is just the same. Somehing as senseless as this makes me realize how I appreciate my family and how fragile life can be and how I shouldn’t waste it.
    Peace too.

  47. I can’t believe all of these political and sexual comments made on a site that is supposed to be about the death of a wife, mother, and actress, but most of all a HUMAN BEING!! For the people making these horrible, evil, and totally out of line comments, you are either really lonely and screaming for attention, mentally retarded, or just plain demented with no life other than to make fun of a tradegy.

    The reason Natasha Richardson’s death is so public is because she was an Actress, known to the pubic, so it is public news. It does not make any one else’s death less horrific or sad, it is just the venue she is protrayed in. Please people take a moment and think about what you are writing and saying about a fellow human beings death. It makes you wonder why there is so much evil in this world, because people make rude, pathetically feeble comments about death. what if it was your family member that was being spoken about.!!

    To Natasha’s Family: May you all find peace in God’s love and rejoice in the memory of your loved one. My prayers are with you all. God bless you.

  48. @198

    To Natasha’s Family: May you all find peace in God’s love

    Why must they look to God’s love for peace? They can look to the love Natasha showed them in real life for peace.

  49. Natasha will be missed; and our condolences go out to Liam

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