Natasha Richardson Flown To New York; Family To Release Statement
First Published: March 17, 2009 9:08 PM EDT Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Natasha Richardson has been flown to New York following her skiing accident in Montreal, Canada, the NY Daily News reported.
Richardson, the wife of “Taken” star Liam Neeson and daughter of Vanessa Redgrave, was reportedly flown home earlier today.
The couple have an apartment in NYC.
She reportedly left the Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal on Tuesday and left the country at 12:30 PM local time, Josee-Michelle Simard, a hospital spokesperson, told the paper.
Her family is expected to release a statement on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the same hospital told Canada’s CBC.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Richardson was involved in a skiing accident on Monday at Station Mont Tremblant near Montreal while the 45-year-old Tony-winning star was taking a lesson.
“Natasha Richardson fell in a beginners trail while taking a ski lesson at Station Mont Tremblant,” a rep for the ski resort said in a statement released to Access.
“She was accompanied by an experienced ski instructor who immediately called the ski patrol. She did not show any visible sign of injury but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor,” the statement continued.
“As an additional precautionary measure, the ski instructor as well as the ski patrol accompanied Mrs. Richardson to her hotel. They again recommended she should be seen by a doctor. The ski instructor stayed with her at her hotel. Approximately an hour after the incident Mrs. Richardson was not feeling good. An ambulance was called and Mrs. Richardson was brought to the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Ste-Agathe and was later transferred to Hôpital du Sacre-Coeur.”
A rep for the ski resort told People, “She was laughing and joking and she walked to her room on her own” following her fall.
According to the resort rep, Richardson did not hit anyone or anything during the incident.
It is currently unknown what condition Richardson is in following the incident. Several Web sites including the New York Post and Time Out New York, have reported that the actress and Broadway legend is brain dead.
A rep for the film “Chloe,” which Richardson’s husband, Liam Neeson, has been filming in Toronto, confirmed to Canadian Television that the Irish actor left the set to be with his wife.
“Liam Neeson left the Toronto set immediately to fly to Montreal upon news of his wife’s accident,” the rep said in a statement to CTV. “We do not have any details at this time but we hope for the best and our thoughts and prayers are with Natasha and Liam and their family.”
Neeson and Richardson wed in 1994. The couple has two sons — Richard Antonio, 13, and Daniel Jack, 12.
IrishCentral.com first reported news of Richardson’s accident.
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