Liam Neeson is still mourning his wife’s death even though it’s been almost five years. Natasha Richardson, the actor’s wife, died after sustaining a head injury while skiing in 2009. He opens up and talks about some of the struggles he went through.
“I went in to her and I just told her I loved her. I said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this’ … She and I had made a pact. If any of us got into a vegetative state we’d pull the plug … So when I saw her and saw all these tubes and stuff that was my immediate thought, ‘OK, these tubes have to go. She’s gone’,” Neeson told Loaded magazine.
Prior to Liam Neeson wife’s death, he initially thought she’d only had a minor fall. She refused medical attention, but the actress was later taken to hospital, where her health began to deteriorate and she eventually died. The actor is now speaking for the first time about the heartbreaking moment when doctors turned off his wife’s life support machine.
Although it’s now been five years since the tragic loss of his wife, Neeson also reveals in the interview that her death “never felt real,” adding: “It still kind of isn’t … There’s periods now when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years… anytime I hear that door opening, I still think I’m going to hear her.”
During their marriage, Liam and Natasha had two sons together, Micheal and Daniel. The couple married 20 years ago following Natasha’s split from producer Robert Fox. Natasha is part of the famous acting dynasty which included her mother Vanessa Redgrave and grandfather Michael Redgrave.
Richardson was just 45 when she died.
Liam Neeson is still coping with his wife’s death, but said throwing himself back into work hasn’t helped ease the pain. “It hits you. It’s like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability. The earth isn’t stable any more and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes,” he said. Tragedy recently struck Liam’s family yet again last month, when his nephew was left fighting for his life after a suffering a fall during a night out with friends.