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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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jeezlouise    

Ive seen her only in interviews and she is a lovely woman- This is such a sad tragedy-

1955 days ago
32.

Michael Madsen    

Here's the latest...According to multiple reports, actress Natasha Richardson is being airlifted to a new hospital and is still alive.

Time Out New York is reporting, however, that the actress is "brain dead" and will not survive.

Monday afternoon, Lindsay Kaplan of Time Out New York sent out the following press release:

http://www3.timeoutny.com/newyork/upstaged/2009/03/rip-natasha-richardson-1963-2009/

EXCLUSIVE: Time Out New York learns of actress's untimely death. She will be greatly missed.

Last night it was reported that the actor Natasha Richardson had critically injured her head in a skiing accident at the Mont Tremblant resort outside of Montreal, Canada. Although public reports have not yet confirmed it, sources close to Richardson’s family and friends say they have already been told the awful news: She did not survived the accident.
This precipitate loss is a terrible one. Richardson was only 45 and had two adolescent sons; our thoughts go to them and to her husband, the actor Liam Neeson. The theater world, too, is bereft by her departure. Richardson has been the most verdant new branch of one of the great English theatrical family trees: the child of Vanessa Redgrave and the late Tony Richardson, the niece of Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, granddaughter of Michael Redgrave. She has pursued the family business with uncommon class and distinction. On Broadway—in Anna Christie, Closer, A Streetcar Named Desire and especially in her Tony-winning turn as Sally Bowles in Cabaret—her work has been elegant, smart and forceful. She will be missed.
Shakespeare’s words from Cymbeline cascade to mind:
Fear no more the heat o’ the sun Nor the furious winter’s rages; Thou thy worldly task hast done Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages; Golden lads and girls all must As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

As they were the only ones reporting this, PerezHilton.com emailed Time Out New York asking, "This is 100% true????"

Lindsay Kaplan wrote us back, saying, "Unfortunately, confirmed to us by friends of the family. Terrible news. I used to be their boys' camp counselor."

After more than 40 minutes, Time Out New York emailed us again to clarify, saying:

Okay —

Sorry about the confusion. We spoke to source, who confirms "brain dead and will not survive", and therefore, her friends and family are mourning her unofficial death.

My apologies with the semantics issue.

Please let me know if you have more questions — I have copied Michael Freidson, TONY's editor in chief.

Semantics issues?????

Lindsay Kaplan and Micael Freidson should be ashamed at their irresponsible journalism! Especially with something SO serious!

Michael Freidson
Editor in Chief
mfreidson@timeoutny.com

Lindsay Kaplan
Publicity Manager
Time Out New York | Time Out Kids
475 Tenth Ave, 12th floor, New York, NY 10018
Phone: (646) 432-3081 Fax: (646) 432-3020
lkaplan@timeoutny.com

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1955 days ago
33.

jeezlouise    

Perez Hilton still has a site? who knew? I dont care for him or his juvenile postings.

1955 days ago
34.

baby girl    

Liam is NOThaving a good St.Patrick"s day!

1955 days ago
35.

tuna marie    

why would anyone believe anything pig hilton says? he used to bash spears every which way he could till her family bought him off by having him appear in the opening video of her concert. he is a tool.

sorry to natasha's family.

1955 days ago
36.

918    

Perez Hilton got owned. In the end it is still a sad story regardless of who is right or wrong.

1955 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

I had to wear a helmet just to get through your comment, Joel.

1955 days ago
38.

Girlfriend    

Maybe she is an organ donor so they are flying her to NY for transplant? No matter where the news comes from, it doesn't sound good....

1955 days ago
39.

gomyskins47    

Perez Hilton has retracted the "she is dead" to "she is BRAIN dead"

1955 days ago
40.

annie    

Now Perez, the stealer, is falling over himself regarding the reporting at Time Out New York. First headline was Natahsa Richardson Dies. Then, after 200 comments, he amended to Natasha Richardson Dies, According to Time Out New York. Since then at least 2 retractions with all the contact information for Time Out New York. He has bit himself in his own ass this time by stealing a story and trying to make it his own without verifying any details.

1955 days ago
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Bobbi Reibin    

1955 days ago
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TMZ hits a new low    

Keep in mind, Perez Hilton also reported with smug confidence that Bernie Mac was in the hospital for drug problems. Only when Bernie died did Perez say he had a disease. But never an apology. I never went back to his sick site after that. He's banned from my life. And it feels good. I haven't seen it, but undoubtedly he's reporting she died with his usual smug over confidence. He's a real bad dude.

1955 days ago
43.

Kristen    

Perhaps she is being taken to a Hospital that treats brain injury's I believe in miracles and God has the final say over life and death. Intead of posting about if she is dead or alive lets all pray she makes it.

1955 days ago
44.

jb    

read TMZ's front page. TMZ contacted the hospital and the hospital is stating that she is sedated, and she is NOT brain dead. Lindsay Kaplan is a dumbass.

1955 days ago
45.

Spandex never looked better    

Until I see that she's died on CNN or another reputable news source, I won't believe it.

1955 days ago
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