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Natasha Richardson Flown to New Hospital

3/17/2009 2:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Natasha RichardsonUPDATE 2:00 PM ET -- The hospital tells TMZ Richardson is sedated and suffering from brain swelling -- but, contrary to some reports, is not brain dead. We can't confirm the accuracy of the hospital's statements, or the other reports circulating the web -- fact is, right now we just don't know.

UPDATE: 1:37 PM ET -- We're told Richardson's jet was scheduled to take off from Montreal-Trudeau Airport. A rep for the airport said the jet is either still there or has just taken off.

We're told Natasha Richardson has been transported from the hospital in Canada via ambulance. CTV says she boarded a private jet -- we do not know where the jet has gone, but we believe it's New York City.

Richardson was accompanied by a medic team for the flight.

Story developing ...

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X    

;_;

1959 days ago
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erin    

This is so sad but according to perez hilton, she has passed away... :(

1959 days ago
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js    

perez hilton is reporting that she has passed away

1959 days ago
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mistysmom    

It sounds weird. I just read she died on another site.Do you suppose they were flying her body home?I just cannot believe they would transfer her if she were critical.

1959 days ago
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Ashley    

There are reports she passed away....are these not true?

1959 days ago
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Tinalouise    

Another site just posted that she had died.

1959 days ago
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jlowannabe    

Perez hilton is reporting that she died>>> Is this true?

1959 days ago
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Bonnie    


The NY Post is reporting she's brain dead.

1959 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

From Perez Hilton:This is so horribly tragic!

Natasha Richardson has passed away after her fatal skiing accident in Canada on Monday.

Although public reports have not yet confirmed it, sources close to Richardson’s family and friends tell say they have already been told the awful news: she did not survived the accident, Time Out New York is reporting.

Such a devastating loss of a gifted actress at a young age. She was on a beginner slope! And, after the accident, she was said to be talking and walking.

So sad. So so sad.

Natasha was just 45 years old.

She is survived by her husband, actor Liam Neeson, and two adolescent sons, as well as mother Vanessa Redgrave and sister Joely Richardson.

Our thoughts go out to her entire family.

Rest in peace.

1959 days ago
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Brooke    

There is NO Way a hospital would let a critically ill brain injury patient fly back on a private jet unless she were either completely brain dead, or she passed away and they were flying her body back.

1959 days ago
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Amy    

I'd always believe TMZ over Perez, but we'll see. . .

1959 days ago
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Heather    

She's dead. I know friends of friends. They are bringing her body back so they can have the funeral in New York. So sad.

1959 days ago
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who has the facts? ME    

I have a feeling it's not good...too many conflicting reports. "She boarded a private jet" What, did she walk on herself?? Some have said she has passed, I can't believe so many outlets would report her death if it were not true. I hope the reports are premature, but it doesn't sould good. I think maybe she had an aneurysm or some kind of brain trauma prior to the ski fall...
Hope for the best and thoughts to the family and espescially her two little boys...

1959 days ago
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Respectful1    

I just read she had passed away. Can anyone confirm this?

1959 days ago
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lazarpus    

I've read these reports also, can't imagine a critically ill patient being allowed to fly. I wonder if the brain injury actually caused the fall and not the other way around? A hemorrhage or something? Anyway, thoughts are with her and her family

1959 days ago
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