03/18/2009 at 08:00 PM EDT
Natasha Richardson has died after suffering head injuries from a fall on a Canadian ski slope Monday. She was 45.
Her family released the following statement:
"Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."