It’s been five years since Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident, and now her husband Liam Neeson is finally opening up about her death in an emotional ’60 Minutes’ interview with Anderson Cooper.
Liam Neeson has always been a private man, but this clip from his 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper— an interview which will air on Sunday, Feb. 23 — finds the actor candidly discussing his wife Natasha Richardson‘s death in a surprisingly honest, emotional way. Find out what Liam had to say below.
Liam Neeson Interview — Grief-Stricken Over Natasha Richardson Death
It’s been almost five years since Natasha hit her head skiing in Quebec, Canada, and it looks like Liam is finally ready to talk about it. In an extremely candid and very sad interview with Anderson, Liam admits that he is still grief-stricken over Natasha — the mother of his two teenage sons — and doesn’t consider her death to be “real.”
“[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn’t,” he says. “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.”
Awful. Unimaginably awful. He then goes into his visit to the Canadian hospital where he last saw her after her injury, and displayed a remarkable amount of strength when he made the decision to let her go.
“She was on life support,” Liam says. “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.’”
Liam added that three of Natasha’s organs were donated after her death, so she’s keeping three people alive as Liam tries to move on. “I think she would be very thrilled and pleased by that,” he says.
Liam does admit, however, that the grief never fully goes away.
“It hits you,” he says. “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.”
So sad. What do you think of the interview, HollywoodLifers? Are you surprised to see Liam speaking so candidly about such a personal topic? Will you tune in Sunday night at 7 p.m. to watch the whole thing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
— Shannon Miller