Actress Natasha Richardson dies at 45

NEW YORK (AP) - A spokesman for the family of Natasha Richardson
says the actress has died.

Richardson, a gifted and precocious heiress to acting royalty
whose career highlights included the film "Patty Hearst" and a
Tony-winning performance in a stage revival of "Cabaret," died
after suffering an apparent head injury from a skiing accident.

She was 45.

Alan Nierob of Rogers & Cowan said in a statement Wednesday
night: "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."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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