Natasha Richardon Dies at 45

Natasha Richardson

According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Natasha Richardson passed away Wednesday after suffering head trauma from a skiing accident.  She was only 45 years old.

The British actress and AIDS activist, who recently appeared on Top Chef,  fell during a private lesson on the beginner slopes at the Mont Tremblant resort in Canada.  She was not wearing a helmet which lead to a epidural hematoma, or internal bleeding of the brain.

Natasha Richardon was married to fellow actor Liam Neeson and had two sons.  She is also the sister of Joely Richardson, AKA Julia McNamara, of Nip/Tuck fame, and daughter of Vanessa Redgrave.

Hurriyet reports that Richardson initially felt ok, but later was sent to the hospital after sever headaches ensued: “About an hour [after the accident], she complained of severe headaches and was admitted to a local medical facility before eventually being transferred to a Montreal hospital where she was diagnosed with severe brain trauma.”

Unfortunately, Richardson eventually passed away after being flown to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.