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"Walk and die" syndrome possible culprit in Richardson's death

By Juan Carlos Fanjul bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

NEW YORK (WFLX) - A UCLA neurologist says Natasha Richardson may have succumbed to a "walk and die" syndrome which is usually due to delayed bleeding from an artery in the brain.

A patient can appear normal immediately after the injury, walking and talking as though nothing happened, but symptoms develop quickly, and, in this case, they can kill.

Richardson died after being taken off life support at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York Wednesday night. Her husband, actor Liam Neeson, their two sons and her mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, were at her hospital bedside in her final hours.

Richardson was at a ski resort outside Montreal when she fell Monday and hit her head during a lesson. The ski patrol said, initially, the 45-year-old actress showed no sign of serious injury. "They accompanied her to her hotel, and, about an hour later, she showed signs she wasn't feeling well, so they called the ambulance."

A representative released this 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."

Richardson has starred in several movies, and won a Tony Award for her role in Cabaret, For Richardson, acting is a family tradition.

In the film, White Countess, she worked with her mother, Vanessa, and her aunt, Lynn Redgrave.

In 1994 Richardson starred with Neeson in the movie Nell, not long after filming the couple was married. Neeson rushed to his wife's side after the accident. Then, accompanied her on her final flight home.

Sources close to Richardson told Fox News that the actress had been brain dead since she arrived at the hospital.

For years, the ski industry has been encouraging skiers and snowboarders to wear helmets, but most skiers do not.

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