Natasha Richardson dies at 45

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson.jpgIt had seemed inevitable for some hours, but still terrible now that it is confirmed. The New York Times coverage is here, the WaPo here. Prayers for Liam Neeson and their two sons and the family.

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posted March 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Tragic. May she rest in the arms of the Goddess. Sympathy to all her family members.

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Charles Cosimano

posted March 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm

It’s odd. Normally I pay no attention to such things but for some reason this seems particularly tragic.

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liz karg

posted March 19, 2009 at 2:17 am

My prayers and thoughts go out to her family. An amazing women. Please know how much love surrounds your family.

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Albert the Abstainer

posted March 19, 2009 at 6:48 am

This contains a lesson for all of us. Life is terribly transient, and the day of our death can be upon us without warning. Treat each day as precious, for it is the only one you know you have.

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posted March 19, 2009 at 9:56 am

Perhaps because Mrs. Neeson’s accident and subsequent death were so sudden and the accident itself seemed so simple that we are reminded that Death is always lurking for each of us ?
The knowledge that death is waiting for each of us and we know not the day or the hour is perhaps the reason that Natasha’s story has gripped so many of us ?
We must all meditate daily on Death –our death— and be prepared.
Requiescat in pace, Natasha .

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posted March 20, 2009 at 7:14 am

Natasha apparently had found the secret to happiness – the joy she experienced in her loved ones and in her work, her openness, her warmth and enthusiasm were contagious. Perhaps this tragedy hit home to me because my precious daughter had a skiing accident some weeks ago and smacked into a tree separating her shoulder. How close she came to hitting that tree with her head/face. What happened to Natasha could have happened to her. I want to shake her and beg her not to get on skis again but she’s a grown woman so I can only pray for her safety and my peace of mind.
Natasha will be sorely missed – for the family, it will be as though a beautiful and shining light has gone out. I can well imagine that her mother is thinking we are not supposed to outlive our children.

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posted March 20, 2009 at 8:25 am

I echo the sentiments here. It seems just particularly sad. And there is a real need, for me at least, to meditate on the fragility of life.

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posted March 20, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I was stunned to hear the news yesterday, and I too, believe she had found the key to happiness; it was so evident in her work, her life, her family, it just beamed from her. My thoughts were, “Oh, but she had so much more life to live yet, things to do…….” It is hard to imagine she is really gone. I believe the lesson here is not to dwell on death, but to celebrate life; to celebrate and live the way she did, freely, openly, lovingly, with passion. Then, when we do die, can go without regret. May Liam and their children and extended family know the many, many thoughts and prayers that are out there for them. May they find support in their friends and family, and find a way to celebrate her life every day.

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