Natasha Richards Passes in New York City

By: Matt Donnelly / March 18, 2009

Actress Natasha Richardson has died.

Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha,” a rep said on behalf of actor Nesson, Richardson’s husband.

“They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”

In the past two days, a whirlwind of speculation surrounded the tragic circumstances of a skiing accident endured by 45-year-old Richardson. 

At a resort near Montreal, where her husband Neeson was filming an upcoming movie, Richardson fell during on a beginners slope during a lesson, suffering head trauma.

The actress walked from the scene, but hours later complained of headaches and was admitted to a nearby hospital, later transferred to a larger medical center in Montreal.