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Stone Pays Tribute To Natasha Richardson

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During amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS event in Cannes on Thursday night, Sharon Stone paid an emotional tribute to late amfAR activist and beloved actress, Natasha Richardson, who unexpectedly died in March.

"This year we lost an angel from our amfAR family," said Stone. "It was one of those random events that leaves you in a state of shock and profound grief. People say, 'Oh, she can't really have been that great or graceful.' She was. 'That funny, charming, sweet and elegant.' She was. She left behind her husband and two stunningly beautiful children and an unfinished mission to help us find a cure AIDS."

After viewing a short film documenting Richardson's steadfast campaigning for the charity, Stone read a note from Richardson's husband, Liam Neeson, urging continuation of amfAR's great work.

Completing the tribute, Stone also pledged $50,000 of her own money to honor Richardson while Annie Lennox sang Talking To An Angel in honor of Natasha.

She continues to be missed!

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Natasha Richardson Lives On!

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Even after her death, Natasha Richardson is still helping others.

It's just been reported that after Richardson was taken off life support, her family requested that her organs be donated in order to help others.

A family friend says that is definitely something Natasha would have wanted. Adding, "She spent so much time fighting the stigma of AIDS; someone like that would naturally donate her organs. At least by donating her organs something good could come out of [the tragedy]."

As for her husband of 14 years, Liam Neeson, sources say he's doing ok.

Another family friend says "Liam is doing okay. It takes a while to absorb this. But he says the family needs to move forward. They will take it one step at a time. With good friends by their side, they will get through the tough days ahead."

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Natasha's Mom Needs Time To Heal

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With the sudden and unexpected death of Natasha Richardson, it only makes sense that those around her want to take some time off from work. Especially her mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave.

Veteran actress Redgrave was set to perform in a one-woman show, The Year of Magical Thinking, on April 27th at New York City's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

A rep for St. John's said that the show should be rescheduled by the end of the week, adding that everyone at the church was "deeply saddened" by Richardson's death.

The cathedral is even speaking with Richardson's family about incorporating some sort of special memorial tribute to Natasha in the show.

Either way, we hope her family is coping well with all the sudden changes. It won't be easy.

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Could It Have Been Prevented? More Details On The Events Leading Up To Natasha Richardson's Passing

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The timeline of events following Natasha Richardson's tragic accident have been pieced together, revealing "critical lapses in her care" that may have led to the actress' death.

Richardson fell not long after 12:43 pm on Monday, which was when a member of the Mont Tremblant ski patrol was dispatched to the site of Natasha's accident.

An ambulance arrived at 1:00 pm to the bottom of the ski slope and waited for Richardson to meet paramedics for treatment via toboggan.

Richardson reportedly "whisk[ed] by on the sled without stopping," and the ski patrol informed the paramedics that Natasha had refused treatment and they were free to go.

Richardson made a stop at the Mont Tremblant clinic with her ski instructor, which may or may not have been staffed by a physician, and headed back to her suite at a nearby hotel.

Another ambulance was dispatched to the hotel at 3:00 pm after Richardson's ski instructor called the hotel manager.

"The instructor called the general manager and said Richardson had a headache and she was not feeling well. The [general manager] went to see her said she was going to call an ambulance. Richardson said she didn't need an ambulance or a doctor - and the GM insisted that an ambulance come and get her," revealed Yves Coderre, director of the ambulance company that services Mont Tremblant.

When paramedics arrived to Richardson's room, they saw "something that wasn't right… [The paramedic] saw some signs indicating her condition was destabilizing. He called ahead to the hospital to let them know of her condition and he put the siren on," said Coderre.

Richardson left Mont Tremblant for Centre Hospitalier Laurentain in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts at 3:47 pm where the actress' condition was stabilized.

After being stabilized, Natasha was rushed to the trauma center of the Sacre-Coeur hospital in Montreal. Richardson did not arrive to the trauma center until 7:00 pm due to the 52 mile trek between the two hospitals.

The Sacre-Coeur hospital was unable to provide helicopter transportation to the late actress because Montreal is unequipped with helicopters for medical transport.

"Our system isn't set up for traumas and doesn't match what's available in other Canadian cities, let alone in the States," said Tarek Razek, the director of trauma services for the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.

How heartbreaking.

We only hope Natasha's untimely death will set the wheels in motion for a reevaluation of the trauma system in Montreal.

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Natasha Richardson's Friends And Family Say Goodbye

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Friends and family of Natasha Richardson gathered in New York at the American Irish Historical Society on Friday night to pay their respects to the late actress.

Richardson's immediate family was present at the wake, with husband Liam Neeson, sons Micheal and Daniel, mother Vanessa Redgrave and sister Joely Richardson in attendance.

The family was supported by friends Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Howard Stern, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker who also gathered to say their final goodbyes to the talented actress and beloved friend.

Richardson will be buried in Millbrook, N.Y. on Sunday in a private funeral service.

So sad.

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