Thursday, March 19, 2009

NATASHA RICHARDSON - Her Tragic Death and a tribute to the life of a true star

Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson passed away on Wednesday in New York from injuries suffered from a ski accident on Monday.

Take a look back on the actress' memorable life and career.

“[Her husband] 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," her rep said in a statement.

Richardson was taking a ski lesson on a beginner's trail at Station Mont Tremblant when she apparently fell. According to a report, the actress's ski instructor immediately called the ski patrol who did not find any visible injuries. An hour after they returned to her hotel, the actress said she was not feeling well was immediately taken to a hospital. She was later transferred to Hopital du Sacre-Coeur with a serious head inury. Neeson immediately flew to her side. He was in Toronto filming a movie.

The couple's two sons Micheal, 13, and Daniel, 12, have also been at her side. Since transferring to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, Richardson had a steady stream of loved ones including mother Vanessa Redgrave, sister Joely Richardson, and Lauren Bacall.

LINDSAY LOHAN remembers NATASHA RICHARDSON as a very loving woman

It may have been a decade since they graced the big screen together, but on the evening of Natasha Richardson's death, Lindsay Lohan remembers the actress who played her mother in the breakthrough role of her career.

"She was a wonderful woman and actress and treated me like I was her own," Lohan said in a statement. "I didn't see much of her over the years but I will miss her."

"My heart goes out to her family. This is a tragic loss," she continued.

Natasha Richardson
played Lohan's British mother in the family comedy The Parent Trap. She seems to have a knack for working with children. Earlier, Nick Moore , who directed her in her last film Wild Child, told that Richardson helped the young actors navigate through making the film: "All the kids in the movie loved being around her."

A loving Couple, the late NATASHA RICHARDSON shares an intimate moment with her husband LIAM NEESON

As fans, friends, and family begin to mourn the passing of Natasha Richardson, details surrounding her funeral are surfacing as are comments from colleagues remembering the type of person she was. In Richardson’s last hours, she was surrounded by loved ones including her mother Vanessa Redgrave, husband Liam Neeson, and her sons Michael, 13, and David, 12.

“It was a tragic scene,” a source says, summing up Richardson’s final moments. As of Wednesday evening, shortly after her death was announced to the world, two guarded black SUV vehicles were being readied near the hospital’s exit in preparation for the family’s departure. Shortly after, Richardson’s sister Joely Richardson entered the first one as Neeson and their two sons entered the second one.

A source also tells that a private funeral is expected to be held in New York within the next three days.

An acting dynasty, NATASHA RICHARDSON looks at her mother VANESSA REDGRAVE with a loving glimmer in her eyes

Richardson was transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York on Tuesday and had been on life support ever since. Friends and colleagues are beginning to react as the unexpected news sinks in. “I’m shocked and deeply saddened by this,” says Nick Moore who directed Richardson’s last film Wild Child. “She was wonderfully generous and kind. A complete joy to be with.” He called the actress “classy and special” and someone who had a knack for helping the children onset. “All the kids in the movie loved being around her. She pitched in and was great with them. She lead by example.”

The Foundation for AIDS research (amfAR) was also touched by her passing. Richardson had been so involved in the organization that she was made a board member in 2007. “Our hearts go out to her family,” they said in a statement. “She generously contributed her time and resources to amfAR for over fifteen years. Natasha’s passion for the cause and tireless efforts gave hope and inspiration to the scientists and healthcare workers on the front lines of this deadly epidemic, as well as to the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS around the world."

The world will miss the glowing smile and dedicated humanitarianism of the beautiful NATASHA RICHARDSON. Always smiling and always willing to help.

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