March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson

I am deeply saddened and upset by the passing of Tony-award winning actress Natasha Richardson, age 45...a vibrant woman and amazing actress who has had many striking performances in her career, with her roles in The Handmaid's Tale and Maid in Manhattan among my favourites.  During a ski lesson on a beginner run at Mont Tremblant Resort outside Montreal she fell and hit her head...she was fine and able to walk afterward but after an hour complained of a headache and was rushed to hospital. Her death was announced March 18, 2009. She leaves behind her husband Liam Neeson and two boys as well as numerous family, friends and fans.
The way she died really strikes close to home as a few weeks ago my Mom slipped while skating in an ice rink and hit her head very hard.  Thankfully a nurse was there who helped her off the ice and drove her to the hospital...only afterward did we find out she has no recollection of the accident or the few hours proceeding it.  My Mom is fine now and hopefully will have no long term side effects.  Neither my Mom nor Natasha were wearing helmets at the time of their accidents.
Its so incredibly cruel that a simple fall by this talented person has resulted in her death only two days after...while there are many people out there taking wild risks, performing crazy stunts and driving drunk who get into accidents but come out of them just fine.
I am posting this to remind everyone not to take life for granted...cherish every moment you have with your loved ones.

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