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Natasha Richardson -- Cause of Death

3/19/2009 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Natasha RichardsonThe NYC medical examiner's office says Natasha Richardson died of blunt impact to the head.

A spokeswoman for the ME says the death has been ruled an accident. The cause of death is "epidural hematoma due to blunt impact to the head."

Dr. Wouter Schievink, a neurosurgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, tells TMZ a common example of someone suffering an epidural hematoma is when a baseball player is hit on the side of the head by a pitch.

He also says that an epidural hematoma can be detected by a CT scan. But sometimes if the scan is performed early on, the injury might not be detected.

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ZL    

first!! but this is so sad.

1858 days ago
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sweetcherry_59    

this is so sad...prayers with her family

1858 days ago
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jeannette    

this is really sad and scarry!

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LizBeth    

I am so saddened for her husband, children and her entire family, I know first hand how devastating it is to lose your mother at such a young age, my mom died suddenly at age 41. Never has a day gone by that I stopped wishing that my mom was still here with me to share in all the joys of life. God Bless Natasha and her family!

1858 days ago
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lls    

Really? What a profound statement!

1858 days ago
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Lisa 007    

I thought maybe she had some other condition. Tragic accident. Lovely Lady.

1858 days ago
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nutjob    

Impact to the head?? YA THINK?????

1858 days ago
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Winsome Davis III    

Quote:
"2. first!! but this is so sad.
Posted at 2:12PM on Mar 19th 2009 by ZL"

This board is filled with morons.

1858 days ago
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jan    

So very sad, my deepest sympathy goes out to the family & friends of this beautiful woman. We must all remember life can be gone in an instant & always tell the people we love how much they mean to us.

1858 days ago
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jennifer    

she really must have hit the ground very hard for it to have happen like that. All beginners should wear helmets from now on.

1858 days ago
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angrykim    

Who cares if you are "first" on posting a comment?

1858 days ago
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Brooke    

Ummmmm.. No Sh*t Sherlock

1858 days ago
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JoeX    

She hit her head. We already know that. We all bump our heads from time to time and don't go rushing off the to hospital for a brain scan. She didn't loose consciousness so why would she or the ski patrol take it seriously? This was a freakish, yet tragic accident, that may or may not have been avoided by wearing a helmet. People die every year on the slopes wearing a helmet. In fact, over half of those that died were wearing helmets. Ever hit a tree at 40 mph? Not even body armor would save you. So let's not over react or some idiot government official will be asking that everyone wear a helmet 24/7.

1858 days ago
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heyjoe    

Thanks Doc for telling us what we already knew....

1858 days ago
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Twinker    

What a bummer. Always the nice ones.

1858 days ago
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