Family: Natasha Richardson Is Dead

3/18/2009 8:58 PM PDT

Family: Natasha Richardson Is Dead

Liam Neeson and his family have just released the following statement about the passing of Natasha Richardson:

"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."