Liam Neeson opens up about the death of his wife Natasha Richardson in an all-new interview with 60 Minutes’ Anderson Cooper.
Nearly five years since Richardson died in a skiing accident at the age of 45, her tragic death still doesn’t feel real for Neeson. “[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn’t,” he tells Cooper. “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.”
Richardson suffered from severe swelling of the brain caused by her fall on the slopes at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant. Neeson recounts the somber moments after doctors told him his wife was brain dead and reveals the agreement he previously made with her. “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.'”
Today, Richardson’s unharmed organs have helped save the lives of others. “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,”; Neeson reveals.
Tune-in to “60-Minutes”; on February 23 for the complete interview where Neeson takes viewers on a tour of his home town of Ballymena in Northern Ireland.