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Liam Neeson reveals late wife Natasha Richardson donated organs

Published 21/02/2014 | 08:37

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(FILES): This October 17, 2008 file photo shows actor Liam Neeson with his actress wife Natasha Richardson during the British premiere of his latest film, "The Other Man", in London's Leicester Square, as part of the London Film Festival.  Actress Natasha Richardson has died, a spokesman said March 18, 2009, two days after the daughter of British theater icon Vanessa Redgrave apparently suffered brain damage in what was initially dismissed as a minor ski accident.     AFP PHOTO / Files / Max Nash (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)
Liam Neeson with his late wife Natasha Richardson

Liam Neeson has revealed that his late wife Natasha Richardson is 'keeping three people alive' after donating her organs following her shock death.

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The Taken star married Natasha Richardson in 1994 and together they welcomed first son Micheál in 1995 and Daniel a year later.

Tragedy struck the family when Natasha passed away in 2009 following a skiing accident in Montreal.

And while Neeson said he still struggles with her death, he spoke of his pride that the family decided to donate her organs to save the lives of others.

"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," he said in an interview with Anderson Cooper, which will be broadcast on Sunday

"[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."

Actress Natasha was just 45 when she suffered the fatal head injury.

In the candid interview, the star recalled his final moments with his wife.

"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,'" he explained.

"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."

Liam also spoke about his successful career in action films, with his latest being the thrilling Non-Stop.

"I'm 61 years of age, man, you know? Going around, fighting these guys, yeah, I feel a wee bit embarrassed, you know?" he smiled.

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