Friends of Natasha Richardson have told the New York Post that she is brain dead after falling in a tragic ski accident at at the Mont Tremblant resort outside of Montreal yesterday. This hasn’t been confirmed by her or Liam’s reps, so I’m hoping they are completely wrong.
Natasha’s husband Liam Neeson rushed from a film set in Toronto to be with her. TMZ says Natasha is on her way to a hospital , possibly one in NYC, via a private jet. A medic team boarded the flight with her.
The story is not only tragic, but very bizarre. Natasha reportedly said she was fine after she fell and tumbled down the beginners slope yesterday during a ski lesson. She even laughed and joked about it. After the accident, her instructor immediately called the ski patrol. There were no visible signs of injury. They escorted Natasha back to her room. About an hour later, Natasha complained that her head hurt. An ambulance was called to the hotel and she was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to the Hôpital du Sacre-Coeur.
UPDATE: The hospital has told TMZ that Natasha isn’t brain dead. They said Natasha is currently sedated and her brain is swelling. She’s traveling to another hospital for treatment. I’m going to choose to believe TMZ.