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Liam Neeson reveals wife Natasha Richardson's death 'still doesn't feel real'

Jennifer McShane

Published 30/07/2014 | 10:52

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Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson has been praised for his dedication after the tragic death of his wife Natasha
Liam Neeson has been praised for his dedication after the tragic death of his wife Natasha

Liam Neeson has revealed that his wife's tragic death 'still doesn't feel real' five years later.

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The Antrim native  opened up about the heart-wrenching moment his wife Natasha Richardson's life support machine was turned off five years ago, following a ski accident in Canada.

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson
Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson

“Her death was never real. It still kind of isn't,” he said in an interview with Loaded Magazine. In the remarkably candid interview, he said that every time he hears the door open he “expects to hear her.”

"There's periods now when I hear the door opening, any time I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her," he said.

Richardson  died after what was first thought to be only a minor fall,  but she was eventually taken to hospital were her health deteriorated and she passed away at just 45 years of age.

Neeson then spoke about the heart-breaking moment that his wife’s life support machine was turned off, and how he had to honour the “pact” he made with her before her accident that neither would allow the other to continue in a vegetative state.

: "I went in to her and I just told her I loved her. I said, 'Sweetie, you're not coming back from this.' ”

Liam Neeson with his late wife Natasha Richardson
Liam Neeson with his late wife Natasha Richardson

"She and I had made a pact. If any of us got into a vegetative state we'd pull the plug.”

"So when I saw her and saw all these tubes and stuff that was my immediate thought, 'OK, these tubes have to go. She's gone' “.

He also said that working on his films hasn't helped to ease the pain, because shooting the hard-hitting scenes proved to be very difficult. “It hits you," he continued.

"It's like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability.”

During their marriage, the Neeson and Richardson had two sons, Michael (18) and Daniel (17), who now live with the Taken star in the US.

The full interview appears in Loaded Magazine, out now.

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