This is so tragic, and hits home for me because I was just out on the slopes two weeks ago.
Natasha Richardson, while taking a beginner ski lesson fell and bumped her head. Even though they were doing the lesson on the bunny slopes and the fall at the time didn't seem serious, she was taken to the hospital later after complaining of a headache.
As it turns out, the trauma to her brain was much more serious, and the actress died today.
At the time of her lesson, she was not wearing a helmet. This gives me pause, because on my last resort trip, I saw plenty of skiers and snowboarders with no helmets. Hell, I even took my first snowboarding lesson over a year ago without one (I didn't know any better), but after realizing how quickly and easily you can lose control on a snowboard or skis, you'd better believe I make sure to wear my helmet every time I go, now.
Bikers and street bladers, you should make sure to do the same. I need to take that advice myself...I was just out with my roller blading group this past weekend, and only our newbie in the group had a helmet on. Over confidence and carelessness can lead to a casualty, or at the least, a really bad injury.
My condolences go out to her and her family. It's unfortunate that what should have been a weekend of fun turned out to be deadly.