Liam Neeson sat down for an interview with Anderson Cooper for “60 Minutes”, discussing his ongoing grief over the loss of his wife in a freak skiing accident.
Natasha Richardson died five years ago, but Liam admits sometimes feeling she could walk through the door at any moment. Anyone that has lost someone they love can relate to that feeling.
The actor told Anderson Cooper that her death at the age of 45 still doesn’t seem real in his touching interview, which airs Sunday on “60 Minutes”.
Liam Neeson, 61, recounts how he arrived at a Canadian hospital to be told by doctors that Richardson was brain dead after her accident.
Liam remembered the conversation he had with her after her accident happened. Natasha said on the phone, “I spoke to her and she said, ‘Oh, darling. I’ve taken a tumble in the snow.’ That’s how she described it”.
Neeson said, “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.'”
The Irish actor married Natasha Richardson in 1994 and the couple had two sons.
He said that even today, he sometimes expects her to just come walking through the door.
Liam said, “[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn’t. There’s periods now in our New York residence 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.”
Neeson said of grieving Richardson, “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.”
After Natasha’s accident, Neeson kept his wife on life support for a short time so that her family and friends could say goodbye.
The actor revealed that three people are living on due to his wife’s organ donation.
He said, “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”.
In a more lighthearted part of the interview, the actor admits finding it silly to be still playing an action hero at his age.
His new movie “Non Stop” premieres next week.
He said, “I’m 61 years of age, man, you know? Going around, fighting these guys, yeah, I feel a wee bit embarrassed, you know?”
Click thumbnails for larger pictures