Friday, March 27, 2009

Natasha Richardson's organs donated

Photo: Natasha Richardson. Jochen Luebke / AFP / Getty Images

In Death, Natasha Richardson Gives Life

CBS News (AP) - is reporting that Natasha Richardson's family has donated the actress's organs to save other patients' lives. 

Citing a "family friend" it did not name, the celebrity Web site said Richardson's family had requested her organs be donated after she was taken off life support last week. The report did not say whether any patient had received them. 

Alan Nierob, publicist for Richardson's husband Liam Neeson, said he had no information on the matter. 

Richardson died March 18 at a Manhattan hospital after falling while skiing Monday at the Mont Tremblant resort in the Canadian province of Quebec. The New York City medical examiner's office said Richardson suffered from an epidural hematoma, which causes bleeding between the skull and the brain's covering. She wasn't wearing a helmet when she fell. 

She was buried at a private ceremony in upstate New York over the weekend. Celebrities, who paid their respects included Diane Sawyer, Ethan Hawke and Sarah Jessica Parker. 

Richardson is descended from one of Britain's great acting dynasties but built her own reputation in films such as “Patty Hearst” and “The Handmaid's Tale,” as well as for her work on the stage. She won a Tony for her role in the 1998 revival of “Cabaret.” 

She costarred with future husband Neeson in the 1993 revival of Eugene O'Neill's “Anna Christie.” The two married at their secluded Millbrook home the next year. 

Her final feature film, “Wild Child,” has been released internationally but not in the U.S., and Universal Pictures said a U.S. release date had not been scheduled. 

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