Liam Neeson says grief of wife’s death ‘hits you like a wave’

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson pictured in 2008.

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson pictured in 2008.

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Liam Neeson has spoken of the moment he realised his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, was dead following a ski accident in Canada.

The Ballymena-born actor spoke in an interview which airs in America on Sunday night.

His wife, the daughter of actress Vanessa Regrave, died aged 45 in a New York hospital in 2009.

Speaking to Anderson Cooper for CBS the Schindler’s List and Taken star said: “She was on life support... I went in to her and I told her I loved her. I said ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this, you’ve banged your head’,” he said.

“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.’”

Almost five years on from his wife’s death the father-of-two said it still does not seem real.

“[Her death] was never real,” he told Cooper.

“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.”

“It (the grief) 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.”

 

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