Tony Award winner
Natasha Richardson has passed away at the age of 45 after being
removed from life support.
Family and friends,
including mother Vanessa Redgrave and sister Joely
Richardson, were gathered around the actress in a New
York hospital. Richardson was hospitalized after a fall during
a ski lesson on Monday in Montreal.
was hospitalized in Montreal before being airlifted to
a New York hospital on Tuesday. Doctors said that
blood was leaking between her brain and skull,
"Liam Neeson, his
sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the
tragic death of their beloved Natasha," Neeson's rep,
Alan Nierob, said in a statement. "They are profoundly
grateful for the support, love, and prayers of everyone, and
ask for privacy during this very difficult time."
Time Out: New York
reported Tuesday that her family had learned from
doctors that she was brain-dead, but several websites
followed with reports that the announcement was premature.
Richardson is married
to actor Liam Neeson and is the daughter of screen legend
Vanessa Redgrave. The 45-year-old actress won a Tony
Award for her role in the musical
in 1998, and has also starred in several films, including
The Handmaid's Tale
A tireless advocate for
HIV/AIDS research and education, Richardson served as a trustee
on the board of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS
Research. Her father, Academy Award-winning director Tony
Richardson, died of AIDS-related complications in