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03.17.09 29 Comments

Actress Natasha Richardson, wife of Liam Neeson and daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, is in critical condition after a skiing accident.

Richardson …apparently suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Richardson, 45, was transferred to Hopital du Sacre-Coeur de Montreal at about 5 p.m. after initially being taken to entre Hospitalier Laurentien, which is close to the exclusive Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. Sources said she was later taken to the couple’s home, though this could not be immediately confirmed. If true, it could mean that she is brain-dead and may be close to death. [IrishCentral]

Keep in mind, they said it could mean. Irish Central apparently isn’t above speculating about the worst possible scenario.  Anyway, I hope this is the last depressing news I have to report this week.  Could someone please teach Seltzer-Friedberg how to ski?  If one ran into a tree the other would probably die of laughter.

UPDATE: Says TMZ: “We’re told she was having a private lesson on a green slope (beginner) at a ski resort in Quebec, Canada. She fell — we’re not sure why. There was no blood and no sign of impact. Two ski patrollers came to her rescue. When they got there she was conscious — smiling and making jokes. An hour later, Natasha started to complain of a headache and said she didn’t feel well. Someone from the resort called 911, and she was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. Natasha was conscious when she left the resort.” Hmm, yeah… so I’m thinking saying she might be brain dead may have been a bit premature. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

TimeOutNewYork apparently reported that she was dead about 20 minutes ago but later retracted the story. So who knows what’s really happening! Stick around while I speculate wildly! *fires finger guns around the room like Yosemite Sam*

TRIPLE: Says an email to retarded 12-year-old Perez Hilton: Time Out New York sincerely apologizes for the confusion. We stand by our sources, and our friend of the family first confirmed “dead” and then called back to say “brain dead.” We find the situation incredibly tragic and obviously wish to only report the facts. Our website crashed from traffic.

See? Aren’t you glad this story had a happy ending?  Oh wait.

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