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Actress Natasha Richardson dies at 45

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NEW YORK (AP) - A spokesman for the family of Natasha Richardson says the actress has died.

Update, WED 10:15 PM: Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty whose career highlights included the film "Patty Hearst" and a Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of "Cabaret," died after suffering an apparent head injury from a skiing accident. She was 45

Alan Nierob of Rogers & Cowan said in a statement Wednesday night: "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."

Update, WED 9:30 AM: There's been little news, but a lot of speculation as members of Natasha Richardson's family gather at a New York hospital. It's where the actress is reportedly being treated after a skiing accident on Monday.

The 45-year-old Richardson may have suffered a head injury after falling at a ski resort in Canada. A statement from the resort says she showed no visible sign of injury, but an hour later reported not feeling well.

The New York Times says her condition is very serious and her family is very concerned.

Richardson is married to actor Liam Neeson, and the couple has two sons aged 13 and 12. The Toronto Star reported that a distraught Neeson could be seen crouching in the back of an ambulance as Richardson was being transported.

Richardson's mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, has been seen walking into Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Richardson's two sons have also been spotted there.

Richardson is the elder daughter of Redgrave and the late director Tony Richardson.

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Previously: Hope is fading for the recovery of actress Natasha Richardson. Word Wednesday morning is that she may be brain dead.

Richardson is now in a New York hospital. This, after she suffered a serious head injury during a ski lesson in Canada. She wasn't wearing a helmet when she took a spill on the beginner slope.

At first, witnesses say, she seemed alert and fine. "She was lying on her side, pole missing, not so bad," one witness recalled.

"There is no chance," a family friend told People magazine Tuesday night. "It is a fact that her heart is beating, but she is brain dead."

Her mother, Actress Vanessa Redgrave, is now at the hospital by her daughter's side. Her actor husband, Liam Neeson, is also there.

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