Date of Death: March 18, 2009
Age at Death: 45
Fatal Details: Richardson had fallen on a beginner's ski slope in an accident that had seemed innocuous at the time, even though she wasn't wearing a helmet. Ski instructors who were with her at the time said she had laughed off the fall and insisted she was fine before returning to her room. She showed no external sign of injury or bleeding. Two ski patrollers stayed with Richardson, but after an hour she began complaining of a headache and was taken to the Centre Hospitalier Laurentien, not far from the resort. She was later transferred to the intensive care unit at a hospital in Montreal and then flown to New York.
She died within a day of the injury. An autopsy conducted by the New York City Medical Examiners Office revealed the cause of death was an "epidural hematoma due to blunt impact to the head," and her death was ruled an accident.