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March 18, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Actress Natasha Richardson Has Died

Posted: 06:14 PM ET

BREAKING NEWS: Actress Natasha Richardson has died after injuries suffered in a skiing accident, according to her family.artrichardsongi1

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Terry, TX   March 18th, 2009 6:59 pm ET

No comment.....rude and obnoxious people....wouldn't contribute to their salaries..


Kelli from Tampa   March 18th, 2009 7:11 pm ET

Please could we have some positive female role models who are actually doing something good to serve society.


Kelli from Tampa   March 18th, 2009 7:22 pm ET

Here are some suggestions: Jocelyn Samuels, Joan Entmacher, or Judy Waxman who are Vice President of the National Women's Law Center, who work their rear ends off for the passage of the Libbey Ledetter Fair Pay Act. These women work to improve the lives of women and children in this country.


Terry, TX   March 18th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

You go.... Kelli from Tampa...it is refreshing...I am glad that Behar isn't included in the group.


Barry Cutler   March 18th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

In 1985 I saw a production of Chekov's "The Seagull" at one of London's West End theatres. I'd gone to see a couple of film celebrities in the production, neither of whom were the beautiful, young actress playing Nina. I didn't have a program and didn't know who this vibrant and talented woman was. I did think she strongly reminded me of my favorite actress, Vanessa Redgrave. Since then, I've greatly admired and enjoyed the wonderful work of Natasha Richardson. Her all too early death is terribly sad.


Jeff M Ft Lauderdale FL   March 18th, 2009 8:48 pm ET

I'm so sad for Natasha Richardson's family, God be with you, and hope the media will give them the privacy they deserve. I did see a similar situation to Ms Richardson's on a medical show called "Life or Death" about a 22 yr old girl who fell skiing and ended up having a massive stroke a couple of days later though with happy results in that she lived.


Linda Scroggin   March 18th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

How common is this complication due to a fall, end in death? This is very scary, and puts alot of fear.


Gisele   March 18th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

Please Larry, nobody is saying if she was or not wearing a HELMET.
This is a very important issue that unfortunately not a lot of people give importance to. Last January I started snowboarding and not even any of the instructors never talked about the importance of wearing one or at any moment requested to be obligatory the use of a helmet. Please let's all take this sad moment to learn about the importance of wearing Protection Equipment during any sport!


James   March 18th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

natasha richardsons' family asked for privacy & decency and 2 seconds later you start talking about her and picking over her dead boned like vulchers.
Leave her alone King.....have some respect!!!


Joey   March 18th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

If the family asked for privacy, why are you focusing a show on this?


Purnell Kankakee IL.   March 18th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

the inside of our skulls are dangerous to our brains, their are sharp bone sticking out from the skull. If you or I were hit on the side of our heads at a very low speed we could very ease damage our brain!


Celeste Saadeh   March 18th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

How long after sustaining a head injury is this outcome a possible risk ?


Andrew   March 18th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

What exactly is the "talk and die" syndrome that apparently was this case with Natasha? How common is it?


Shay Moyer (Vancouver, Canada)   March 18th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

What a sad moment when I opened my e-mail to find "Breaking News" that Natasha Richardson has passed away.

Our heart goes out to the family and friends of Natasha Richardson.
She will live on in the hearts who loved her and through the stories they share. (including all her fans)
"We will greatly miss you Natasha, I know you are comforted by the arms of Angels"
Shay Moyer
Vancouver, Canada


hilary   March 18th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Hi. I practice ashtanga yoga and have been dropped on my head during a backbend. I wonder why I haven't suffered this condition?
Thank you.


Diane Forrest   March 18th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Hello,

I'm from Quebec, Canada and I am very sad about what happened to Natasha Richardson and her family. It's a tragedy. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Since Monday, I can't stop thinking of her.

God Bless all of her family.


Trish   March 18th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

If Natasha went straight to hospital after fall and not an hour later was there a better chance of her living?


Lynda J. Moore   March 18th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

We have lost a number of famous people on the slopes, Sonny Bono, a Kennedy playing football and now Natasha Richardson. One has to wonder if she would be having dinner with Liam and sons if she had merely worn a helmet!


glory   March 18th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

God Bless those 2 young boys she leaves behind.


Maria   March 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

This news is so tragic.I live in Montreal and spent time this winter skiing at the same resort in Mont Tremblant that Natasha was at. Adults don't wear helmuts skiing there. Would wearing a helmut have made a difference for Natasha?


Susan S. Davis   March 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

This awful tragedy brought me back to a photo I saw about a year back, which showed Ms. Richardson stumbling down a short stairway, with her husband in tow. I now wonder if she did not have an illness that she was unaware of. I remember the photo very vividly....perhaps there was a way to have avoided this accident altogether.


Bernadette Strazza   March 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Question for Doctor. I had a similar incident during childbirth. No problems but few hours later terrible headache. Went to Er and they found my carotid arteries were dissected and one had a big anuerysm on it. They told me if that had not been discovered I would have had a stroke and been brain dead. Any chance it was her carotids? I hear this is very common as the first thing they asked me was did I hit my head or was I in an accident. It goes undiagnosed many times. Especially women. Hormones make vascular system weak. Thoughts?


Adam   March 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Do you think a ski helmet could have prevented her death?


lance cheshire   March 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Dear Larry, Natasha's passing is saddening-i am embarrassed to ask this but as an organ doner i must ask it.Did the family and husband donate any of her organs to someone who could continue life after her death?


Sam   March 18th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry you could have done a respectful tribute to Ms. Richardson and then stop. The family deserves privacy not ongoing speculation and props.


Bethany Wagoner   March 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Currently, it is widely accepted that minor head trauma cannot cause such injuries. Since this is obviously not always the case, would it be possible to see severe injuries such as retinal hemorrhages accompanying a brain bleed? If so, could it be bilateral and in mulitple layers?


daniel   March 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

My sons both play football and get knocked around violently all the time. My question is this: are there damages being done that might only show themselves in years to come?


Mindy   March 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

My Mother died as the result of a trajic head injury, I feel for her family. Please ask the neurosurgeon after the injury and when someone is in a coma, does the dr. beleive people can hear or sense others in the room?


Jeff Karlin   March 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Does the doctor think that Natasha would have had a better chance if she had gotten medical help immediately instead of waiting?


Bill   March 18th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

I am very saddened by Natasha's death. She was a beautiful woman and a very talented actress. It was always a joy to watch her acting and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to Liam and her sons.


gretchen schorr   March 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

i'm a 58 yr old woman been skiing since i was 17 and have fallen every which way imaginable even being hit by other skiiers. i've never worn a helmet. is it possible that natasha was pre disposed to something like this?


Pat   March 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

My prayers tonight will be for her family, We must let them have their privacy. Please Paparazzi stay away from them. Let them be.


Wendi Herman, Huntington, New York   March 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

A question for the doctors: If they had done (and maybe they did) a CT scan at the first hospital – when she may have still been conscious, could something, surgically, have been done at that time?


erick   March 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Larry,

How much would a helmet have reduced the risk of brain injury (TBI).?Our son has a TBI from a car accident, was in coma, had a decompressive craniotomy and now is back in high school. Please remind your viewers to wear helmets for any moving device without airbags!!!

Boca Raton


Susan   March 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

The story of Natasha Richardson is so sad. Might wearing a helmet have saved her?

My nephew suffered a snow boarding accident 3 weeks ago. He was very lucky in that he was wearing a helmet, however suffered a broken colar bone, 2 sprained ankles and a broken nose. These days it should be mandatory for skiers and snow boarders to wear a helmet. In Canada, they are currently trying to legalize this after so many deaths this year.

My deepest symapthies.


Brian Glasberg   March 18th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

What a tragedy! I live in Montreal and regularly visit the Tremblant resort. What surprised me is that she was a novice skier from all accounts, was with an instructor, and had no helmet to offer protection from a fall. If indeed her death was caused by the fall, it could and SHOULD have been easily avoided! Routine skiers always wear helmets-I won't let my kids ski without one!


Heidi G   March 18th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I have enjoyed every performance by Natasha. She was amazing in Evening. In an age when so few "actors" can really act, she will be missed.

Larry, has her family mentioned if there is a charity she supported that we can send donations to?

May God bless and protect her family, especially her young sons.


Diane Dagenais Turbide   March 18th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Natasha Richardson. This is very sad! When we heard the news of the accident, a young family friend told us how now he was glad to wear his helmet while snowboarding since the last time he fell really hard on his head. With this very sad news, he suddenly realized how life is so fragile. I hope people can remember to wear helmet for sports activities. Again, my sincere thoughts and prayers of love for her family and friends.


Mel   March 18th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Wow I am so deeply saddend over the death of Natasha Richardson. I can't believe it. What a beautiful person she was. Goes to show that each day is a gift. My heart goes out to her family. I will keep them all in my prayers.


Veronica   March 18th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Could the Canadian health care system be part of the reason she died, they may have lacked the proper equipment that we have in the US?


SAM KIRK   March 18th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

FROM WHAT YOU KNOW OF THE ACCIDENT– WOULD A HELMET OR OTHER HEAD PROTECTION HAVE AVOIDED THIS, AND WHY DO YOU THINK THAT INDIVIDUALS WHO SKI, ARE THE ONE GROUP THAT HAS NOT STARTED WEARING HEAD PROTECTION AS IN OTHER SPORTS


sue ellen   March 18th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

i suffer from a frontal lobe injury and people do not understand brain injuries, maybe this tradgedy can educate people. i went to a hosital from accicden complained of head injury and no xray how does a doctor decide when to catscan


Grace Kizer   March 18th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

"Beloved" is the perfect word for this graceful and elegant woman. The silent force this beautiful actress had on the arena of entertainment is untouchable. The tragedy of Natasha Richardson's death parallel's the reminescent feelings of shock and sadness to that of Princess Diana's death. May her family know they are in the thoughts and prayers of many around the world. We have just lost a gem.


Tom Hand   March 18th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Was Natasha wearing a helmet? Could that have made a difference in her case? I know that they save lives and. I began skiing with a helmet about 12 years ago.

Sonny Bono and Michael Kennedy also died from head injuries while skiing.


Sara Clinton   March 18th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

My heart bleeds for the family. I have had idiopathic intracranial hypertension for 5 years and just had a vp shunt 9 weeks ago (brain surgery). I look "fine" but the horrednous headaches are devastatingingly painful and have essentially taken my life. I've had a high pressure on my brain for years and this terrifies me. I know what she was feeling physically.
Rest peacefully, Natasha. You will be missed.
Sara
West Lebanon, N.H.


Evan   March 18th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Larry,

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Liam Neeson, his sons and their whole family. I lost my wife to breast cancer in 1997. My two daughters were 10 and 15 years of age at the time. This will be a very difficult time for all, especially the children. My daughters and I sought help from family and berievement counseling after our loss. God Bless


Cathy Nicholson   March 18th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

such a beautiful couple, such a beautiful family our hearts are in mourning we will miss u so much Natasha. The Gonnelly family Ireland xox


Terry   March 18th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Was she wearing a helmet?


Dawn McNulty   March 18th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Hi Larry,
My heart goes out to the family. I would also like to add that this is a serious problem with our injured soldiers. The number of brain injuries is up significantly with the nature of fighting that takes place. Being a family member of a brain injury victim, I'm familiar with the tremendous strain that brain injuries can bring to individuals and their care-givers. We pray that these soldiers and their families will get the support that they will need. It's a long, emotional process and many of them will never be the same person.
Best Regards,

Dawn McNulty


Trisha Pawlik   March 18th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Why was she transferred from the original hospital(s)? Couldn't the move have increased the risk?


Tiffany from Washington State   March 18th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Myself and my family are all huge fans of both Natasha and Liam aswell as the entire Richardson/Redgrave family. We are shocked and mournfull hearing of her passing at such a young age. Our deepest thoughts and condolances to Liam and the family in this terrible time. Our thoughts will be with them


L Navabi   March 18th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Our hearts go out to the family of Natasha at this very sad time. The world has lost a very talented actress and a wonderful woman.


christine   March 18th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Was Natasha Richardson wearing a helmet? No one has addressed this since the story broke.


Shay Moyer   March 18th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

What a sad moment when I opened my e-mail to find “Breaking News” that Natasha Richardson has passed away.

Our heart goes out to the family and friends of Natasha Richardson.
She will live on in the hearts who loved her and through the stories they share. (including all her fans)
“We will greatly miss you Natasha, I know you are comforted by the arms of Angels”
Shay Moyer
Vancouver, Canada


Diana   March 18th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Dear Larry:

I have noticed that a lot of people have focused on their own issues instead of offering their thoughts, feelings and prayers for the family of Natasha Richardson. My heart and prayers have been with them since I heard of the accident and I am truly heart-broken that this beautiful woman's life has ended so abruptly. All I can say, is my thoughts and prayers are with her family and will continue to be throughout the coming days.

Thank you.


BohoGirl   March 18th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. They look like such a happy couple. I can only hope the family is able to find peace in this time of sadness.


Craig`   March 18th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Given that time is of the essence in the
event of this kind of injury how can one
immediately recognize that there is a problem
and get the prompt attention required?

Should every fall require an immediate CTScan?


Miro   March 18th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I was wondering had Natasha Richardson received immediate medical care (instead of waiting for over an hour) would she had survived this type of injury? Also, is the lesson this tragedy that we should seek medical evaluation after any fall/trauma to the head/brain? Some guidance would be appreciated.


Brenda from Maryland   March 18th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Question for the doctor: Why was Natasha transferred to three different hospitals? Was there still hope when she was flown to the NY hospital?


Canada   March 18th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

This is for Veronica.

Ignorance knows no bounds!


Elise   March 18th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Are there any details to how she actually fell on the beginner's hill? Was the private trainer able to assess her or did language pose a problem?


Robert   March 18th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

It is very sad that such a talented person has passed away from what (I suspect) was probably not a fatal situation in any other country within the Western World.

Based on my personal experience after a sporting accident in Canada (and I was lucky not be have gone permanently blind due to shattered blood vessels behind one eye – only diagnosed after release from the Canadian hospital and admission into a hospital in the US) and the experience I went though when both my parents passed away while in hospital in Canada, I suspect the Canadian health care system was in part, if not totally, to blame for this tragic loss.

It is not the quality of the doctors, nurses or other professionals in the system there that is the problem – they are by and large as good as professionals in any other country. It is the lack of adequate funding and regulations that slow down the delivery of essential services – even during emergencies.

Ms. Richardson more than likely passed away while her attending physician was waiting on the availability of CAT scan equipment – heaven forbid that an MRI unit might actually be installed or available!

Even if the scan had been done, chances are the equipment would be older and scan resolution poor due to budget constraints and a general health care administrative policy in Canada of aiming (and failing in general) to be adequate instead of aiming for leadership and excellence of the system.

I do hope that this sad event sheds like on the toxic nature of the Canadian Healthcare system – a blight on the reputation of an otherwise stellar country and first class neighbor to us here in the United States.

Hopefully some investigative journalist will take it on her/himself to look closely at the situation in Canada – who knows how many lives that may save.

Sadly, not Ms. Richardson’s.


bob snow   March 18th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Larry,
The case of Natashia Richardson is very close to me. My son suffered severe closed head brain injury and was in the very same UCLA Medical Center as you Doctor Guest practices.

My son was considered brain dead, but Ir efused to let him go, or take him off of life support. . Short story made long, he came out of it 7 weeks later. They said there was no chance of survival, his brain was crushed 1/3 inside of his skull. Today thanks to those UCLA Medical Center Doctors, he is alove and lives independently although the affects of brain damage are part of his everyday life. My heartfelt simpathy and understanding goes to Natashia family. God Bless them and Natashia. Bob Snow


Derrick Norn   March 18th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Is it possible the flight to New York impacted Natasha's condition and why did they take her to New York. The Canadian health care system was capable of taking care of her. Especially in a center like Montreal.


paulette Breen   March 18th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

i was the executive producer for the 4 HR mini series on CBS titled "Haven". no onw weould do the project until natasha stood up and backed the story.if it wasn't for her,it would never have gotten made and made the statement it did. She gave me my career. Listen when no one else would.How do thank someone who gave you what no one else would. a cgance. Paulette breen


Carol   March 18th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

What another devastating day for us!! It doesn't seem real; it's like hearing the news about Princess Di again-Awful!!! It seems so real that she would laugh a fall off, I know I would of done the same thing; but now I think we all learn from it also! It is so heart breaking!!!! My heart just feels sore; We all will miss her beauty & talent that brought us to the movies, TV & just miss her!! When you saw her on the sceen no matter which movie you were watching her inner spirit & beauty just brought you to shine!!!! My Thoughts, Prayers & love go out to her family & friends!! No you all will be in our minds for a long time!! May Family, Friends & God's Love help you through your time of sorrow NO MATTER How long it takes you to recovery!!!!


Elle   March 18th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

First, my condolences to the Natasha Richardson's family. She was such a beautiful woman.

Second, I am completely appalled that Larry would invite Kim Kardashian on a show about business women. Are you serious? This is highly offensive to real business women. Kimora and Joan Rivers have been in their respective businesses for a while now and have gained respect and credibility among many of their peers. Kimora runs a clothing empire, has perfume, is an author, mother, etc. Nothing against Kim Kardashian but she just isn't in the same league.


Susan - Canada   March 18th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

My heartfelt condolences to the family for their loss.

A few years ago, I was taking a walk in my neighborhood in the wintertime and slipped on a snow covered sidewalk. I went down real fast and smacked the back of my head horribly hard on the sidewalk. I saw stars for a few seconds, but got up and everything was o.k., but after seeing this tragedy...it scares me that I could have come home and later on developed a terrible headache and who knows what could have happened....

I just hope that this brings awareness to the importance of wearing helmets when skiing, whether you're a beginner or an expert. It should be mandatory at all ski resorts.

This is truly a sad day for her family and friends.


shari(mt)   March 18th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I would like to ask the doctor if Natasha had a brain anurysim just prior to her fall would she have not known at the time? excuse the spelling. also please extend my sincere condolences to her family.


Paula   March 18th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

My thoughts and prays go out to the family on this terrible time. I am a huge fan of both of them. I will keep the familly in my prayers as they go through this terrible time. God Bless You All. She will be really Missed.


Valerie Stanley   March 18th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Don't forget that Catherine Graham and Dr. Atkins both died from falls when they too hit their head. It happens more often that we like to think.


Marie   March 18th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Such a shame! Again it goes to show even money can't buy some of the most important things in life!
I too had brain surgery but very lucky to have survived in such a strong way , if you met me, you would never know it. Prior to surgery I had alot of migraine headaches. And one saturday morning an anerisim burst; I later had a large brain tumor removed. Never thought it would have been me. Enjoy your days to there fullest!!


Seymour   March 18th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I feel very sorry for Natasha Richardson family. God bless and keep them during this time.

I will be turning the channel after this. I refuse to listen to kim kardashian (someone famous for absolutely nothing) – give business advice.


Patty   March 18th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

My heart and prayers are with the family. This has touched my family as well. God Bless


Samantha Townsend   March 18th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Deep sadness for the loss of Natasha Richardson. My heart goes out to her family and friends. They will be in my thoughts and prayers. She was a marvelous actress and is gong to be missed by many.


Laurel   March 18th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

I can completely relate to Natasha's family, being "shocked and devestated" at their tragic loss. I lost my mother only 6 weeks ago to Traumatic Brain Injury from a fall. I'd hope that other neurologists would heed Dr. Martin's words...to show compassion and care to the family, who are in the midst of such a crisis and shock. Our family did NOT experience that with our mother's surgeon, and it made a horrible situation even more terrible for us.
I'd also want to implore people who are participating in sports where the use of helmets are offered...please, please use the helmets. I don't know if it could have saved Natasha's life, but you must realize how fragile the brain is. It's an organ that must be protected.


angela   March 18th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

My deepest sympathy to the family. Doesnt this just prove that actors and actresses can retain a low profile and dignity. It is the perfect illustration of how the true devoted artists fly under the radar and that the so called actors that we cover relentlessly arent really true artists at all, rather just media hungrey celebutards.
I would also have to agree with the previous poster about Kim Kardashion, what is about this family.I am not interested in anything about them, and she is not a business woman, maybe her mother. Please dont feed the animals larry.


Barbara P. Gaffney, SC   March 18th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I would just like to offer my condolences to the Richardson Family. I remember her role in the remake of the Parent Trap and Maid in Manhattan. She was a fantastic actress.


Cheryl Essex   March 18th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

This so heartbreaking & my condolences go out to her family. It is so ironic that my favorite movie is Love Actually & Liam starred in a few years back – in the movie, his wife just died & he spoke at her funeral – now life has imitated art.


Carly   March 18th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Hi I am 11 years old and I watched The Parent Trap and I cant believe she died! Thats so sad.


angela   March 18th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I would like to hear more from the Dr's about how this occurred?


BONNIE CHIZEK   March 18th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

I just want to say how sad my husband and i are regarding Natasha Richardson's death. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
A life lived too short but very full. there is no reason for this .
our prayers to her family.


James   March 18th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Veronica
the canadian healthcare system would have saved her life if possible. she would not have been turned away. Not like if i was sent to a USA hospital...i would have been turned away for having no USA coverage.
r americans really as stupid as u sometimes sound?


Leigh Brocks   March 18th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I'm deeply saddened by the loss of Natasha Richardson and my heart and prayers go out to her Husband and her boys and her family. They were such a Lovely couple and my heart breaks for them.
Sincerely,
Leigh Brocks,
Tampa, Fl.


Cassandra   March 18th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

My heart goes out to the family and her sons. I am happy that her sons at least got to say good bye.

and for those doubting the Canadian Health Care system perhaps you should educate yourself a LOT more about your own country and even watch the doc Sicko.


karl   March 18th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

i was saddened to hear we lost another bright and beautiful star,my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to Liam,his boys,and the entire Richardson family in this sad time,god be with you all!


Kristi   March 18th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

It's what they say "ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG" She was young and a loving wife/ mother/ daughter/ sister. I don't think I ever read anything bad about this woman. My prayers are with Liam and her two young sons My only hope is the press leaves them alone to give them time to come to grips w/ this tragic accident!


Evelyn Darr   March 18th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I am deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Natasha Richardson. I am a great admirer of her husband's work and the obvious devotion of the two of them to each other. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this terrible time in their lives.


Terry   March 18th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

My question is, instead of the helmet, why was she not seen in an Hospital and test scanned in Montreal versus stressing the body to travel to New York ?
Terry


Gretchen Chidsey   March 18th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Strange coincidence that no one seems to have mentioned.: Jessica Lange's fall and injury (she hit her head also and broke her collar bone) just this week. She played Liam's wife in the movie, Rob Roy!


Rozmin   March 18th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I'm catching the tail end of the show but am curious if any of her organs were donated? My sister had a lung transplant today and although we don't get to know the donor, the family is very grateful.
Thanks.


Lindsey   March 18th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Natasha was an inspiration to people that knew her and all of her fans. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family! Time will go on, but Natasha will never be forgotten.


Joseph Lucas   March 18th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

So tragic. I knew that it was bad, but was hoping the best for her family.
I went to lunch and saw the Post & Daily News with the Brain Dead headline and just lost my appetite. So sorry for her family and sad for such a young life lost!


Pat Wignall   March 18th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

What a sudden and terrible loss. I can't stop thinking about Vanessa Redgrave in her "Year of Living Dangerously" performance that was so moving and involved terrible losses experienced by Joan Didion. Natasha Richardson seemed to be a wonderful person and I will pray for her and her family at this terrible shock.


Tracie   March 18th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Just wanted to comment on whether or not there was a pre-existing condition that may have caused Natasha Richardson's grave injury. I had a traumatic head injury that actually caused a stroke. The head injury wasn't particularly hard shot to the head. I went through every test in the book and nothing abnormal turned up. Just a one in a million shot to the head. I just don't want anyone jumping to conclusions. It really doesn't take that much to seriously injure your brain.


K Hernandez   March 18th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

This is a terrible tragedy.

Right now, words are few. A silence and prayers for her husband, children and other members of her family are in order without our scrutinizing the situation. Give it a few days, that can come later.

God Bless you, family of Natasha.

you are in my prayers.

K


Denise   March 18th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I always enjoy most of your topics, but I must say I was very disappointed in tonights show which discussed "Women in Business". I don't consider these women to be roles models for women in business. I actually find Kimora and Kim to be quite insulting to women in business. Kim who seems to be quite desperate for attention is not a role model. I would take business advice from Martha Stewart, Susan Taylor of Essence Magazine, Oprah. These among many other REAL WOMEN OF BUSINESS would be better suited in these topic. Please let not lower your shows standard to this. A FAN!


Denise Lanzer-Lerma   March 18th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

This so very sad. Talk about a comet that burned bright but for too little time! My prayers and support go out to her husband and children. So many sleezy people in this world, and we lose a superb human being. John Kennedy was right..."life isn't fair!" My deepest condolences.


Jo Ellen Kelly   March 18th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Today as I was buying a "surprise gift" for my sister, I realized that she is the same age as Natasha Richardson, and it made my heart hurt for her family. Her sudden death is a real reminder to do for your loved ones, while you still have the time. Remember to say "I Love and Appreciate You" now more than ever.


Sherry Taylor   March 18th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I have been listening to The AIG mess and the subject concerning the bonus issue. I want to know if President Obama is going to return the $101,000,000 that was given to his campaign by AIG. Also Senators Clinton, and McCain and nultiple others who received donations from AIG...


Kathy   March 18th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I sustained a traumatic closed head injury in 92 & have suffered mainly with migraines & memory problems. I always thought that I'd suffered such devistation until I hear these news stories. How lucky I've been to not be dead from this & a couple other serious injuries.
My heart goes out to Natasha, her family & all of her many friends. We've lost one of the most phenominal & beautiful souls of the world.
My prayers are with all.


Cassandra   March 18th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

People keep asking if she was wearing a helmet and she wasn't it is in several of the news reports.

Don't place the blame on wearing or not wearing a helmet. My of my friends mother's tripped on the stairs, just barely tapped her head and was dead the next day. Ends up she had a blood clot in her brain and any tap to the right area of the brain would have been her end. EVEN if she had been wearing a helmet she might have died.


Tina Campbell   March 18th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I'm so sad to learn of her death. She was an amazingly beautiful and talented woman. Though I did not know her personally of course, she seemed as though she was someone you could connect with and seemed that she would be a very 'down to earth' person. My heart goes out to her family.


Ava Dale   March 18th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

We are once again reminded of the fragility of life, how a seemingly harmless day of fun could end so so sadly. I feel for those young lads of hers. Never will she be able to smell the sweet scent of a grandchilds hair or the thousands of other things that were due her but promised to none of us. Cherish all things


Cassandra   March 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

and for those questioning her being moved to NYC – did you not just watch the show? Joan Rivers JUST said that she was moved after the determination was made that she was brain dead and the ONLY reason she was moved was so that her sons could say goodbye.


Linda Mayers   March 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Was she taking aspirin?


Lindsey   March 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I disagree with certain people that Kim should not appear on Larry King live because she is a young woman with a successful business. The business woman comes in all ages, shapes and forms.


Lisa Brown   March 18th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are with Liam and Natasha's family.
There are no word to express to the family except to say "how sorry I am and life isn't fair."

I am a TBI survivor and feel sympathy for the family.
I loved watching Natasha as she was a wonderful actress and role model. She will be greatly missed.

I also know that she is now an angel that will be close within Liam and her sons' hearts now and forever. She will live on in them and she will be a brightest star in the night sky.


Andrea Pape   March 18th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

As I put my crying 2 1/2 year old to bed tonight, frustrated with his behaviour, I took a step back and thought about the Neeson/Redgrave/Richardson families and the suffering they must be going through. I took a step back and remembered to tell my son how much I love him and his newborn sister. We must always remember how precious life is and that in a moment our whole lives can be changed. My thoughts go out to Ms. Richardson's family.


Elle   March 18th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I totally disagree. Kimora is a very sharp and smart business woman. She runs an entire company and has for ten years and has several employees. You should read her story. I think she's great.

Kim looks and sounds so ridiculous compared to the others.


Rachel ZImmermann   March 18th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Though I have been a fan for years, the effect her passing has had on me is overwhelming. Her kind generous spirit was evident to all of us.
My familys prayers go out to hers, as do the loving thoughts of every mother to her beautiful boys.


Roman Deutsch   March 18th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

they have faith in President Obama, yet they lack faith in God or more to the point the Son of God.


Maisia   March 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the families and freinds of such a beautiful young woman. God bless you all during these difficult times.


Tamara Connolly   March 18th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Upon learning of Natasha's acciident in Montreal, my mind immediately flashed back to Liam Neeson's heartwarming scene in the opening moments of "Love Actually" when he spoke at his wife's funeral. His performance was so powerful. I immediately thought, "Oh no, he is going to have to do this for real now. " My prayer is that the press will give his family the privacy they so richly deserve and let them grieve their loved one with the honor that she deserves. God bless Liam, their children, Vanessa and all her loved ones. Fly to heaven Natasha, Liam will honor you in death as he did in life. Your love was obvious to all who followed your work, and I know Liam will find some way to press forward and honor you in death.


Jennifer   March 18th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

As a skier and a former ski patroller, if someone who is medically trained, responds to you following an accidental fall, you listen. If they tell you to get checked out medically, get checked medically. Above all else, if it has something to do with your head why not get checked? Could a helmet have helped, probably. If you ski or snowboard, why not proect yourself as much as you can. How terribly sad to lose your life from having fun out on the slopes with your family. I am so sorry for the loss of such a brillant and talented person.


Josee   March 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Good Evening Mr. King,

What a very very bad accident. All my condolences to the family and friends. Mr. King, I am a Montrealer and I know that if such an accident is to happen to someone, the hospital where Miss Richardson was taken is one of the best for Thrama in Montreal.

We have two teaching universities, one in French the Montreal University Teaching Hospital and one in English the McGill University Center, on the Island of Montreal. We also have Thrama Centers, either for burned victims or brain and cranial accidents. Hôpital Sacrée-Coeur «Sacrate Hearth Hospital in English» is one of the best and I am sure that she got all the best care possible. I am so sorry something like this had to happen to someone so special. Even if I am from Montreal, I loved that woman. I have seen a lot of her movies and TV Special and she seemed so nice. I am crying right now. Everyone will miss her. I cry for Mr. Neeson and her boys. God bless them all and that care of her in Heaven.

Thank you for reading and listening to me.
Josée-Claire


Sharon Bowers   March 18th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I doubt if the Canadian health system was to blame. She was transported to a top level hospital very quickly. And they do speak English in Quebec. It's this type of ignorance that gives people the impression that Canada is some Third World country. I am an American who lives in Canada and am very impressed by the health system here. The death of Natasha Ricardson was a tragic event that may save others' lives when all the details are known.


Deborah Lee   March 18th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Our hearts are so filled with saddness over this news. Nastashia came to our home in the 'Parent Trap' and Liam has always been a favorite. Though we are not involved with the Hollywood scene, Natashia was so respected, so elegant and such a devoted Mom and wife..we loved her very presence on the screen and on Broadway. I cannot imagine the pain that her family and boys are feeling at this moment. She and Liam have held their public lives with such dignity and grace...I pray, as a wife and mother..in just a very regular life, that all will respect their privacy at this time and leave them to grieve and hopefully, in time will be able to celebrate her incredible life not just in the public eye but as the very HUMAN being that she was..so beautiful, so elegant..just a lovely vision that was so loved and admired. Our prayers to Liam and the boys and her incredible family!


Dia Verastegui   March 18th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I feel sad to have heard of the sudden death of Natasha Richardson! She was a great actress, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and niece. My heart goes out to her whole family especially to her son's. My prayers and thoughts are with her family, may God grant you the peace through this hard time!!!!


carol   March 18th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Hello Larry: My son is a college student in AL. He was assaulted 2 years ago just off of campus by several young men and sustained TBI from the assault. TBI has no discrimination. Your outward appearence can look normal yet to can have a life time of disabilities if you survive TBI. My son has permenant loss of hearing in one ear, balance issues because of the earring loss, tinitus Dizziness or vertgo, vision problems, headaches, depression, sleep disorders, fatigue to just name a few of the disabilties that at surving TBI patient may deal with. I have tried to educate myself on TBI to help my son and to recently advocate for TBI awareness as well as advocate for crime victim's rights. March is brain injury awareness month. There is much education and training needed to bring awareness to the hearting breaking TBI. Even our criminal justice system needs training on TBI.. Thank you for allowing me to briefly tell of my story, My prayers and thoughts are with the Natasha's family...


John   March 18th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Tragic, very sad.


carol kesling   March 18th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

my thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.... may god help you through this most difficult time, only time can heal this wound !! i went through this 3 years ago, and can trully feel your pain, god bless all of you !!!!!!!!!! she will be trully missed........


Chris Lopez   March 18th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Joan is correct, we need to thank God for every day...this beautiful lady was enjoying a peaceful day with her sons and found death. There are thugs roaming our streets causing all kinds of caos without a worry.

There most definitly has to be a God with a higher purpose for us all, otherwise none of this has a valid explanation.


robbie   March 18th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

she was excellent in "Maid in Manhattan"..Jennifer Lopez feels badly, I'm sure...they worked well together..


Susan - Canada   March 18th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

@ Canada,

Ditto.....we in Canada have a great health system and it doesn't cost the Canadian taxpayers a penny!


David Hart   March 18th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

Our hospitals in Canada are pathetic – Re: Natasha Richardson

Someone should investigate the hospital in Montreal. If they knew what they were doing, the surgeons would have operated on her right away. With all of the red tape and delays that we have here in Canada, they probably just made her wait. Instead, her family probably had no confidence in our terrible hospitals and decided to take a chance by flying her to New York and exposing Natasha to added air pressure in the plane.

David H.
Toronto, Canada


angela   March 18th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

rhinestones look cheap, post it


Michelle   March 18th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Mr. Neeson and families. What a tragic accident to have happened to this very loving family. As a Canadian, I have skiied the mountains in British Columbia, Alberta, Mont St. Anne just outside Quebec City, Vermont and even Mont Tremblant–all without a helmet. Tremblant isn't the largest mountain I've skiied, but as an intermediate skiier it was certainly the most challenging and exhausting because of its narrow, steep runs. I have always made my girls wear helmets while skiing, and now I will make certain that my husband and I do too.

I am deeply sorry that Natasha lost her life on one of our hills. She was a wonderful actress and by all accounts, mother and life partner as well. My heart goes out to Mr. Neeson, their children, Mrs. Redgrave, families and friends.

Sincerely,

Michelle
Ontario, Canada


David Erdelyi   March 18th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Last July 5th my wife suffered a severly ruptured brain aneurysm while sitting at dinner with our friends. My kids went 35 days without seeing their mom as she struggled for survival and after 8 months and 19 days she will be returning home next week. She still has a lot to deal with but today's news is a reminder of how much worse it could have been. I am so thankful to all of the amazing medical professionals that have helped with her survival and recovery here in Canada.


Laurie   March 18th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

I lost my husband in a very similar ski accident, and I feel compelled to send written condolences to the family. Does anyone know how I do that? I don't suppose their address is in the phone book.....


Lynn   March 18th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

I would be very interested in knowing if the move from Montreal to New York was instrumental in the injury becoming fatal? Montreal hospitals have some of the finest doctors in the world and unless she had already passed on, why would they take the chance to move her?


John Ward   March 18th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

I am a lifelong skier living in Squaw Vallet Ca. I cannot believe that no-one has talked about the fact that Natashia was not wearing a helmet while skiing. This is an opportunity to potentially prevent future accidents of this type. These tradgies are preventable and the media should be talking about it. Thanks, JW


Terry ( Montreal )   March 18th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

@ mister David Hart

As a Canadian you should be ashamed of your claims. First you are a Torontonian, living in Toronto which doesn't give you credit for the Sacré Coeur Hospital in Montreal which is in fact the best trauma hospital in the country. Maybe you would like to live in the USA where the public health system is unexistent unless you are rich enough to cover such expenses.


Lynne Cairns   March 18th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

What a tragedy to happen to a beautiful and talented actress. I first saw her performing in the Parent Trap along side Dennis Quaid. Deepest sympathy to her family.


Nabella Shunnarah   March 18th, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Natasha Richardson was a beautiful soul. My heart goes out to Liam Neeson and her sons.


David Hart   March 18th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

In our hospitals, we just have to wait and then wait some more. We are certainly not the world leader in medical treatments. People have to wait 6 – 9 months to get a MRI. You go to the emergency department and then wait for 8 – 14 hours. In Ontario, the government is hoping to get the AVERAGE wait time down to 8 hours. I have spent the past 17 months in various medical institutions looking after my father and have seen how poor the system is.


Tracie   March 18th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Our waits in the U.S. are not much better. When I went to the emergency room I waited 7 hours. I pay for health insurance.


David Hart   March 18th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

People think that health care if free in Canada. It's not. We pay a high percentage of our income to provide this "free" health care. All in, we probably pay 55% of our income for taxes.


Sheri   March 18th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

Our now 19 year old daughter experienced an epidural hematoma at 18 months of age from a fall from a shopping cart. She appeared fine and was checked by paramedics. Even visited the doctor 1 week later for a suspected ear infection. After a second fall when our dog knocked her over she calmed with comfort and we put her down for a nap. She was put down for a nap and we had to wake her.The events that followed in realizing what happened were was like slow motion. In hind sight she presented like a head energy but I didn't know the signs. I called my doctor and struggled with the decision to take her to the office or the ER. I rushed her to the hospital and she survived after emergency surgery. We were told she could have died if we took the time to go to the doctor's office. We tried to advocate for saftey awareness and seat belts in shopping carts but there was no interest at that time. So much of her survival was related to the timing.


Tracie   March 19th, 2009 12:06 am ET

That is a good point about taxes. I am tax about 40%, which includes the price of health insurance. The only problem, when I was injured the bill was extremely high and the insurance company started dragging their feet on paying the bills. Actually, the reimbursement was quite low to my doctors, so the medical team started billing me to cover the costs, which I had to pay. Sort of sad when you think your covered by health insurance. We are to a certain extent, but not completely. This isn't as sad as my former boss, who unfortunately elected for a bit cheaper insurance and ended up paying half the medical bill to a tune of $100,000. I guess each system has it's pros and cons.


Peggy   March 19th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Such sadness for the loss of a beautiful woman. So much class in the times of people who are nothing but cheap and tacky. Peace to her family.


Anne   March 19th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Oh, such sad news about Natasha Richardson! How quickly we can go from this earth - before we know it. We have a daughter that left this earth 10 years ago (it doesn't seem that long ago) and it, too, was a sudden death. How I miss her. I think of her every single day.

God be with the family in this most difficult time for them.

Anne


Travis Marion   March 19th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Dr. Martin should anyone get checked out if we ever fall on the slopes ?


marlynn   March 19th, 2009 12:14 am ET

hi larry as everyone tonight im shocked at the passing of natasha richardson. how can this happen. i was at work when i heard the news. this past saturday i was watching parent trap one of my favorite movies. my prayers go out to natasha's family and friends. thank you for listening


Kathryn Scarmato   March 19th, 2009 12:14 am ET

Will the family(is the family) considering donating her organs and tissue, to tribute this life cut short to help others?


Susan Abbott   March 19th, 2009 12:20 am ET

Could you not find any female entrepreneurs, CEOs, lawyers, physicians, public officials? Could you only find three B list vulgar celebrities? Kardashian, Rivers, and Simmons? There is a tremendous irony that these three vulgar women are juxtaposed against the class of Natasha Richardson. Bet you wont put this post on the air!

Susan


Jill Chaaban   March 19th, 2009 12:24 am ET

first of all I would like to say how sorry I am to hear of this tragedy for all of her family and for all of us who appreciated all she gave to us through her performances. I have wondered if she was given a ct scan before she left Montreal and if not why?? After experiencing a subdural hematoma with my own granddaughter, that is what saved her life, and it was something we had to ask to be done. This is a question I will always have! My prayers are with the entire family.


Veronica Valera from Montreal, Canada   March 19th, 2009 12:28 am ET

I have watched your exclusive program talking about Natasha Richardson and I had tears. She was such a great actress and seemed so happy beside her husband Liam.

I am a fan of Liam Neeson so I send him and to all his family my condolences. It must be very hard to all the family and friends of the loss of that wonderful woman. We will never forget her.


Linda   March 19th, 2009 12:28 am ET

It is 12am on Wednesday the 18th. I Just got finished watching "Taken", with my 2 sons & husband. I did not know Liam Neeson was even in the movie (although I've always liked him). Now 15 minutes later ,came upstairs, turned on Larry King & your show is about The tragic loss of Liam Neeson's wife. It is so eary to me. I can't believe I just watched him for 1 1/2hrs (loved the movie), then I hear about his horrible loss. Thank you for having this forum to write, I feel so strange & don't know If I'm writing for you, or for myself.


Kenneth Jordan, MD, FACP   March 19th, 2009 12:29 am ET

My company has championed using emergency brain wave testing in acute brain injury to identify serious brain damage even in "minor" head injury. This can be done with modern technology even in remote settings without CT Scans and the brain wave (EEG) can be read instantly over the Internet. We hope that Natasha's tragic (and perhaps unnecessary) death, will highlight the need for emergency EEG testing, just as EKG is needed for acute heart injury.

Kenneth Jordan, MD, FACP
Board Certified Neurologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist
President, Jordan NeuroScience, Inc.


terri Valazza   March 19th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I really can't belive that you are actually having live interviews about
this poor woman, who hasn't been past for the last 12 hrs,
where is your compassion Larry, put your wife in her husband shoe's-
"you've just lost your love" and the world wants to everything about her,
" My goodness"!!!!! for hell sake, this is what is wrong with america ,
what is really happening we, ignore!!!!, the stupidity of gossip, is the matter..
we love ya Larry, but sometimes let's have peace for others!


John   March 19th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Very tragic incident. My deepest condolences to Liam and his family.


Christine   March 19th, 2009 12:45 am ET

Larry,

My heart goes out to Liam and the enitre family. What a tragedy. Please Larry, on your show please press the issue of wearing helmets while skiing. It is a very dangerous sport. As you know, just two of the famous that met death in this sport was Sonny Bono and one of the Kennedy clan.


Stephanie   March 19th, 2009 12:46 am ET

My heart breaks for her family. She was a great actress but most importantly she was a mother and a wife. God Bless her family.


sally   March 19th, 2009 12:46 am ET

there are different units in the ER..for life threatening they take us to unit 5...critical....care !...anyone w/a head injury should not be moved for 24/48 hrs...perhaps she should have had surgery right away after a MRI & cat/scan..I'm only speculating, am not a medical person..feel badly, an autopsy will reveal, maybe she had a tumor to begin with. may she rest in peace, the sons are beautiful, she is still living in them...


ed,vancouver canada   March 19th, 2009 12:47 am ET

Not one life on this planet is worth more than another if the person is honest and good,
Yet because someone is in the entertainment business,they become more important than the bush pilot who saves lives everyday.
or millions of others.

This is dead wrong,think about it.
eventually we are all equal,we end up dead.

Bernie Madoff is one of the chosen ones.More scum like him should float to the top.


Linda   March 19th, 2009 12:49 am ET

I fainted on a sidewalk in New York and landed face first. I went to a hospital and was given a few stitches in my eyebrow and sent home. A month later an astute doctor noted my runny nose, heard about my fall, and sent me to the ER for tests. Within minutes they found out I was leaking spinal fluid as I had smashed in my spinal fluid sac in the fall. I ended up having brain surgery which saved my life. I could have died within hours from spinal meningitis.


Jose Torres   March 19th, 2009 12:50 am ET

Our hearts & our prayers go out to the children, Mr.Neeson, Ms. Redgrave & the family.....the world lost a star...the heavens gained an angel....may we all remember her for her amazing talent & unwavering spirit,,,,,,Jose & Henrique Atlanta, USA & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


ed,vancouver canada   March 19th, 2009 12:51 am ET

i am looking at the shoe experts...................


Jane   March 19th, 2009 12:53 am ET

I could not get Natasha off of my mind today. Perhaps it is because I am British and this is just like the death of Diana again, I am so so sad. I did not know her personally but she was a wonderful feel good actress and I heard, as you mentioned that she was absolutely devoted to Liam and her boys. My heart goes out to all the family especially her dear Mother Vanessa. No child should every pass away before their parents.


Halima Sadia   March 19th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Hello Larry, love your show. I was certainly an admirer of Natasha Richardson she was a master of her craft! My question is why didn't the Ski resort have strict protocol about beginners wearing helmets? We cannot override God's will, but at the same time we cannot rule out human error and lack of foresight! This was a tragedy that shouldn't have occured! My heartfelt prayers go out to her family.


Donald L Allen   March 19th, 2009 1:05 am ET

Larry King I no what the famley must be going right it is such a big lost I dont no here in presen but she seam like a god woman the moting cod never be more sweter the flower cod never be more briter but I no that dot help you to field beter I hop good well put a angel hver your heart I no he is the anly one that no the heart PS with love four the famley of A butfel woman good be with you allway,S fram Donaldlallen


Donald L Allen   March 19th, 2009 1:10 am ET

it such a bad thing here being goon I think a part of me went to I gest well I no I dont no here name by heart but I wood have love here anyway you no I was in a dream and linzsey was there with here mony girl I think she was saying sumting to here I dont but I,M just saying you no me Larry PS Donald Allen


D. Kapphan   March 19th, 2009 1:23 am ET

I pray for her family, I have lost 2 sons and my daddy. I was watching Larry King talk about her and this poem/dedication came to me. Since I am a Partylite Consultant and love candles, of course it has to do with candles. I hope it will somehow get to the family.

Burn a Candle for Me in Memory.

Burn a candle for me in memory of all the times I made you smile with my quirky little ways,
Burn a candle for me in memory of the times I made you feel safe on your scariest days.
Burn a candle for me in memory of the sunshine I gave you on the darkest night,
Burn a candle for me in memory and know you are my eternal light.
03/18/2009-D.K.


Cecile   March 19th, 2009 3:10 am ET

Could the moving from Hospital to Hospital by air have anything to do with Natasha's turn towards the worst?


Walter L. Johnson   March 19th, 2009 3:13 am ET

Back when I used beginner ski slopes, they did always seem more hard packed and icy, so it doesn't surprise me that Natasha's damaging fall was on a beginners slope. The harder the packing and ice, the greater the injury risk. Of course, being a learner, always includes falls.


Cali   March 19th, 2009 3:22 am ET

Wow! So sad! Hope everyone show their family respect durning these tough times.... Makes you think.


Frank G Andersone   March 19th, 2009 5:45 am ET

Death is even more unfair than life, taking from us those we love and with whom we find solace and comfort, whom we cherish and grow older and mature with. A terrible loss.


kim   March 19th, 2009 5:50 am ET

i wish they did CT scan ASAP.shudve saved her precious life.so sad


Michelle   March 19th, 2009 11:53 am ET

To "Ed" in Vancouver re "not one life on this planet is more important than another..."

Perhaps you should have that same conversation with your law enforcement in Vancouver who did NOTHING to investigate my brother's tragic and sudden death because he died at the hospital and not his residence. How screwed up is that? We can't have the report for 20 years because of privacy laws. Ottawa's only response was: "What do you intend to do with it, sue Vancouver?" (whatever that means). People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

People are responding to this tragedy because perhaps in some way, like myself, can relate to their sadness and pain and want them to be comforted in some way–not because Natasha was in the entertainment industry.


Denise   March 23rd, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Ok, Sarah Pain Jr., we get your right wing bent in the never ending Jugge Judy message. Thank goodness you are not in charge. I wish you and yours all suffer one of the terribly difficult decisions that need made in tragic circumstances, so you can fall off your high and might self righteous horse.


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