Neeson reveals how wife’s death helped others live
Irish actor Liam Neeson has revealed that three people are still alive thanks to his late wife donating her organs following her tragic death.
His wife, Natasha Richardson, was also an actor and was known for her movies such as Maid in Manhattan and The Parent Trap.
Natasha tragically died in 2009 in a skiing accident in Montreal when she was aged just 45. While Neeson struggled to come to terms with her death, he is proud that others have been given the gift of life.
He told Anderson Cooper: “We 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.
“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 told Cooper of the heart breaking realisation that his wife wasn’t going to pull through her injuries.
He 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,’
“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.”
Neeson has remained busy since his wife’s death. He has appeared in several films including Taken 2, The Dark Knight Rises, Wrath of the Titans and his latest film, Non-Stop, which is out later this year.