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Liam Neeson is opening up about the devastating loss of losing his wife, Natasha Richardson, following a bad ski accident. It’s been five years, but the Taken actor is understandably still grieving.
Richardson passed away in 2009 after suffering an injury to her head while skiing in Montreal, Canada. Neeson shared with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes that he had the conversation with his wife of 15 years before the accident that if one of them becomes in that “vegetable state” on life support, they would make the decision to pull the plug.
"[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn't," Neeson told Cooper, Us Weekly reports. "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."
He added she would be “thrilled and pleased” to know that three of her organs – heart, kidneys and liver –have been donated to people in need.
"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,'" he shared "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.'"
Neeson, whose film Non-Stop hits theaters next week, talked frankly about his sadness over her death. He explained he has a “profound feeling of instability.”
“It hits you. It's like a wave," he said. “The Earth isn't stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes."
Neeson and Richardson had two sons; Micheal, 19, and Daniel, 18.
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