MONT-TREMBLANT, QUE. — Surrounded by family in a New York hospital, Tony award winning actress Natasha Richardson died Wednesday after suffering a head injury in a fall on a Quebec ski hill this week.
Spokesman Alan Nierob confirmed the death Wednesday after two days of speculation about Ms. Richardson's condition, saying her husband, actor Liam Neeson, and family are “shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha.” She was 45.
Her death followed what seemed to be an innocuous fall on a beginner's run at Quebec's Mont-Tremblant resort on Monday. After the fall, Ms. Richardson appeared fine, joking with her instructor. But her condition soon deteriorated, and it's thought she suffered a brain injury. Wednesday night's statement didn't give a cause of death.
Yves Coderre, director of operations at Ambulances Mont- Tremblant, said Wednesday that ski patrollers requested an ambulance at the beginner's hill when Ms. Richardson fell.