Natasha Richardson 'brain dead' after ski accident?

Natasha Richardson's fate looks grim.

The British actress who suffered a ski accident Monday (March 16) just outside Montreal is believed to be "brain dead," according to unconfirmed reports. says that medics on board a private jet that flew her to New Jersey to be transferred to New York's Lenox Hill Hospital had told the ambulance team that Richardson was "brain dead."

A "family friend" also echoed the diagnosis to People, claiming that "There is no chance" and that the family "will detach her" from life support. The source also claims there's "leakage of blood between the brain and skull."

Richardson, 45, suffered what was initially thought to be a minor injury when she fell on a beginner's slope while skiing at Mont Tremblant in Quebec. She returned to her lodge without incident, walking, laughing and talking. Later, when she complained of a headache and not feeling well, 911 was called and she was rushed to the hospital. The next day she was transferred to New York.

Her husband, actor Liam Neeson, 56, raced to her side from the Toronto movie set of Atom Egoyan's "Chloe." Also seen around the hospital are her mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, and her sister, actress Joely Richardson ("Nip/Tuck").

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