Family, Friends Grieve at Natasha Richardson's Wake

Family and friends gathers for Natasha Richardsons wake

A wake for actress Natasha Richardson, who died Wednesday at age 45, was held this afternoon at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City.

A hearse carrying Richardson's body arrived at the society, at 991 Fifth Ave. and E. 80th Street, earlier today. Liam Neeson, her actor-husband, arrived shortly after with their two sons. Her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, sister, Joley Richardson also attended.

Celebrities including Lauren Bacall, Uma Thurman and ABC News' Diane Sawyer showed up to mourn the death of the industry-beloved star.

Richardson's body was moved to the society this morning from the Greenwich Village Funeral Home in downtown Manhattan. After today's wake, Richardson will be buried Sunday during a private funeral service in Millbrook, N.Y., where she belonged to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.

VIDEO: Natasha Richardson accidental death

The New York City Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy on the Tony Award-winning actress Thursday. The office ruled her death accidental, citing the cause as an epidural hematoma due to blunt force trauma to the head.

Neeson and family members were by her side when she died. Her death was announced in a statement released Wednesday evening by Neeson's publicist.

"Liam Neeson, his sons and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha," the statement said. "They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson, January 2007.

Richardson fell Monday at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. She initially appeared fine and joked about the fall, but the ski patrol insisted she see a doctor. Richardson declined, the resort said in a statement Tuesday.

Thursday, ABC News learned more details about what happened between when Richardson fell and when she sought medical attention. At 12:43 p.m. Monday, the first call to the paramedics was made. An ambulance arrived at 1 p.m. and transported Richardson from the foot of the mountain to the infirmary by sleigh.

Richardson thought she was fine and didn't want to stay at the infirmary. At 1:10 p.m., Richardson signed hospital waiver paperwork and walked 300 yards to hotel along with her ski instructor. She was back in her room by 1:30 p.m.

At 2:59 p.m., paramedics received a second call for help. An ambulance showed up at the hotel exactly ten minutes later. Richardson was conscious but showing signs that made paramedics call the hematology department at the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien in Ste-Agathe, where the ambulance took her.

Friday, the New York Times cited ambulance dispatch records showing Richardson was not admitted to a hospital until nearly four hours after her accident.

Vanessa Redgrave, center, with daughters Natasha Richardson, left, and Joely Richardson, 2000.

Richardson was later transferred to Hôpital du Sacre-Coeur in Montreal before being flown to New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital Tuesday, where her relatives rushed to her side.

On Tuesday night, Richardson's mother was seen entering the New York City hospital. So was Richardson's sister, Joely. Neeson also reportedly was by her side. Actress Lauren Bacall was photographed visiting the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

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