The actor finally finds the courage to open up on the death of his wife.
Liam Neeson has broken his silence five year after the tragic death of his wife Natasha Richardson in an emotionally raw interview on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper. Richardson, the English actress, died on the 18th March 2009 after she hit her head in a skiing accident in Quebec. The Taken star was the one who made the agonising decision to turn off her life support as she lay brain dead.
Liam Neeson Has Spoken About The Death Of His Wife, Natasha Richardson.
In the interview, Neeson guides Anderson around his upstate New York home and talks about the intense grief he has suffered in the aftermath of his loss. The 61 year-old film star also shared what must be one of his most painful memories, Natasha's final phone call to him after she'd had her accident. "I spoke to her and she said, 'Oh, darling. I've taken a tumble in the snow.' That's how she described it," Liam said.
Although the Maid in Manhattan actress was initially lucid, she was taken to hospital hours later, complaining of a headache. After hearing of his wife's accident, Neeson immediately flew to Montreal where he was told that Natasha was brain dead. "I was told she was brain dead. And seeing this X-ray it was, like, 'Wow.' You know." he said.
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"But obviously she was on life support and stuff. And I went in to her and told her I loved her. Said,'Sweetie, you're not coming back from this. You've banged your head. It's- I don't know if you can hear me, but that's- this is what's gone down. And we're bringing ya back to New York. All your family and friends will come.' And that was more or less it."
Neeson, whose two sons with Natasha are in their late teens, spoke with pragmatism regarding his tough decision to end his wife's life support. "She and I had made a pact," he revealed. "If any of us got into a vegetative state that we'd pull the plug. You know? So when I saw her and saw all these tubes and stuff, that was my immediate thought. Was, "OK, these tubes have to go. She's gone. But [she] donated three of her organs, so she's keeping three people alive at the moment. Yeah. Her heart, her kidneys and her liver."
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The Star Wars actor spoke with a philosophical admiration for his wife's life, saying "You sort of think back, well she always packed so much into every day that maybe she knew, maybe she wasn't destined to be on this Earth for a long period of time," he told Anderson, adding "I visit her grave on a very regular basis."
"It was never real," he said, speaking about her death. "She would always drop the keys in the - on the table. Say, 'Hello?' So anytime I hear that door opening I still think I'm gonna hear her, you know. And, then, grief's like, it hits you. It's like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability. You feel like a three-legged table. Just suddenly you just - the Earth isn't stable anymore. And then it passes and becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes."
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