Liam Neeson’s wife, Natasha Richardson, died almost five years ago from a head injury she got from a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada. The official cause of death was reported to be epidural hematoma due to the impact on her head when she fell. Richardson was 45.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Neeson, 61, said that his wife’s death never seemed real, even up to now. He says that he still thinks his wife is going to show up whenever he hears doors opening in their New York home.
The “Taken” star recalls the events that happened in the hospital where Richardson was admitted after the accident. Doctors gave Neeson the harrowing news that his wife was brain dead. The couple had made a pact that they would pull the plug if ever one of them was left in a vegetative state. Neeson kept his wife alive to give enough time for their friends and family to bid farewell.
Neeson also mentioned that three of Richardson’s organs – her liver, kidneys, and heart – were donated to three separate individuals who are alive today because of her.
Neeson and Richardson had been together since 1994 and have two sons together. The death of his wife took its toll on him. He says that the grief takes over like a wave and makes him unstable. “It passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes,” the actor told Cooper.
The interview also led up to the actor’s upcoming film entitled Non Stop wherein the actor plays a U.S. air marshal who receives threatening messages while on board an airplane. Neeson also expressed that he may not take action hero roles any longer, as he feels a bit embarrassed fighting guys on screen at his age.
Coopers interview with Neeson will be broadcasted on Sunday, February 23, on 60 Minutes.
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