Natasha Richardson died five years ago in a tragic skiing accident. Husband Liam Neeson recently gave an interview where he spoke for the first time about his wife’s untimely passing. Something that bothers him to this day–in addition to the accident, of course–is that fact that the resort where she died never formally expressed their sympathy. He shared this sad tidbit of information during a recent conversation with Andy Cohen.
“The ski resort where Natasha met her death…we got hundreds—maybe a couple thousand—sympathy cards, emails and stuff from all over the world, especially America,” Neeson said to Cohen. “Not one from that ski resort. I kid you not. Not one.”
The hotel released a statement regarding Natasha Richardson’s death, but only after they heard Liam Neeson’s statement about their callousness.
“The team in place at Tremblant at the time of Mrs. Richardson’s passing contacted Mr. Neeson’s staff to extend their sincere condolences. We publicly expressed our sympathies to Mr. Neeson and Mrs. Richardson’s family and friends and, on behalf of the entire team at Tremblant, would like to reiterate them once again,” the statement read.
Publicly expressing sympathies or issuing condolences to one’s staff is a far cry from issuing heartfelt sympathies personally or in the form of a sympathy card. It really was rather heartless of the resort not to have issued such condolences when Natasha Richardson died.
Liam Neeson’s interview about Natasha Richardson’s death indicates he still hasn’t fully come to terms with his loss.
“There are periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years…Any time I hear that door opening, I still think I’m going to hear her,” the actor admitted.
“It hits you. It’s like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability. The Earth isn’t stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes.”
How sad that Liam Neeson still expects to see his wife when he hears that door open. Living with that kind of grief must be heart wrenching. Not having received proper sympathies from the resort where she died must have added a bit of insult to injury during the worst time in his life.
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