Richardson Rejected Ski Helmet
$10 helmet could have saved actress' life
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2009 5:15 AM CDT
Ski helmets on sale in a sport shop near Innsbruck, Austria.    (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,File)
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(Newser) – Natasha Richardson turned down a $10 ski helmet that could have saved her life, workers at the Mont Tremblant ski resort tell the Sun. Employees say the actress was cheerful but a little nervous ahead of the ski lesson that led to her fatal fall. She told staff she wasn't a good skier but declined the offer to rent protective headgear.

"Every skier is encouraged to wear a helmet, especially beginners like Natasha," an employee said. "But it is not legally enforced and they can always refuse."