Natasha Richardson died in 2009 after a tragic ski accident in which she injured her head, but her husband, Liam Neeson, says the loss of his love still doesn't feel real. Now, the actor is dealing with another family tragedy after his 31-year old nephew tumbled 20 feet from a telephone box and is in critical condition, and the accident has understandably brought Natasha's death to the front of his mind.
Neeson has spoken about Richardson's death in the past, but in a recent interview with Loaded Magazine, he says that five years hasn't made much difference when it comes to mourning.
"Her death was never real. It still kind of isn't," he said.
Neeson was given the extremely difficult task of making the decision to take Richardson off life support after the accident left her in a vegetative state, and said the two of them made a pact not to let the other linger should the situation ever arise.
“She was on life support…I went in to her and I told her I loved her, said ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this, you’ve banged your head’…she and I had made a pact, if any of us got into a vegetative state that we’d pull the plug…that was my immediate thought…’Okay, these tubes have to go. She’s gone’,” he said.
The star of Taken says that one bright spot to be found surrounding Natasha's death is that she was an organ donor, and he was happy to find out that three people had benefited from her generosity.
“Donated three of her organs, so she’s keeping three people alive at the moment…her heart, her kidneys and her liver. It’s terrific…and I think she would be very thrilled and pleased by that,” he said.
Richardson also lives on through her many film and television contributions; she starred in Nell, Evening, and The Parent Trap.
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