The New York Post and Time Out New York are reporting that actress Natasha Richardson is brain dead after suffering a serious head injury during a skiing accident in Montreal on Monday. The NYC press reports are based on alleged conversations reporters claim to have had with friends of Natasha’s family.
But TMZ.com tells a different story: The hospital tells TMZ Richardson is sedated and suffering from brain swelling â€” but is not brain dead, the website wrote at 2PM ET.
“Natasha Richardson fell in a beginners trail while taking a ski lesson at Station Mont Tremblant,” a rep for the ski resort said in a statement released on Tuesday. “She was accompanied by an experienced ski instructor who immediately called the ski patrol. She did not show any visible sign of injury but the ski patrol followed strict procedures and brought her back to the bottom of the slope and insisted she should see a doctor,” the statement continued.
“As an additional precautionary measure, the ski instructor as well as the ski patrol accompanied Mrs. Richardson to her hotel. They again recommended she should be seen by a doctor. The ski instructor stayed with her at her hotel. Approximately an hour after the incident Mrs. Richardson was not feeling good. An ambulance was called and Mrs. Richardson was brought to the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Ste-Agathe and was later transferred to HÃ´pital du Sacre-Coeur.”