Friends Say Natasha Richardson Is “Brain Dead”

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Actress Natasha Richardson is currently in critical condition at a New York City hospital following a freak ski accident in Quebec, Canada. Family members, including her husband Liam Neeson, mother Vanessa Redgrave, and sister Joely Richardson, all were spotted visiting the star, who is reportedly “brain dead.”

While no official statement has been given, reports from close friends reveal that Richardson is barely holding on. “There is no chance,” an insider close to the family said. “It is a fact that her heart is beating but she is brain dead.”

Other reports reveal that she would not have been able to be flown from Montreal to New York if her brain was swollen, and those monitoring her medical situation reveal that she was “unconscious” and “nonreactive” in the ambulance. Husband Liam Neeson reportedly sat with her and caressed her face the entire time. Our thoughts are with her friends and family today.  [People/TMZ/E! Online.  Photo: GettyImages]

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