One simple, regular fall on a ski slope has led to the unfortunate death of Tony-award winning actress Natasha Richardson. As we posted yesterday, Richardson was on a beginner's slope when she had what seemed to be a minor fall. However, an hour later, she began complaining of headaches and was rushed to the hospital. In just two days, this fall became fatal as she worsened and was finally taken off life support. As E! Online reports, she was pronounced dead earlier today, and will receive a small and private funeral soon.
A rep for Richardson's husband, Liam Neeson, says: "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."
Ms. Richardson began her screen career in an uncredited role of "Flower girl at wedding" in the 1968 film, The Charge of the Light Brigade, with mother Vanessa Redgrave. As the years progressed, she made a name for herself with her role as Patricia Hearst in Patty Hearst, and followed it up with challenging dramas like The Handmaid's Tale, lighter family fare like The Parent Trap remake, and indie art with Chelsea Walls. And, of course, she won a Tony award for the 1998 revival of Cabaret, where she played Sally Bowles.
But beyond her roster of films and projects, Richardson had a true talent and power to her. As Paul Schrader once said (via Washington Post), she "had an essential quality of mystery about her. You can watch her for the better part of two hours, and still think that she'll show you something new."
It's a terribly tragedy that we'll no longer experience this mystery, and we wish her family all the best in this trying time.
Rest in peace, Ms. Richardson. We'll miss you!