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Liam Neeson opens up about wife's death


In an interview with reporter Anderson Cooper, Liam Neeson has opened up about his wife Natasha Richardson's death five years ago.

As part of the 60-minute interview series on CBS, Neeson tells Cooper about when he was told that his wife was brain dead, after she suffered a fatal blow to the head during an accident.

Natasha had been skiing in the Canadian resort of Mont Tremblant, near Montreal, when she fell at the bottom of a beginners' ski slope. Despite the fact she wasn't wearing a helmet, the accident seemed innocuous and she was even laughing and joking afterwards. She hadn't even hit anyone or anything as she fell.

In the candid talk, Neeson also reveals how him and his wife had made a pact that if "either of them ever got into a vegetative state, that [they'd] pull the plug". He also discussed how they donated her organs, her heart, kidneys and liver, and currently she's "keeping three people alive".

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson met in 1993 during a production of of Anna Christie, at what was then known as the Criterion Center. At the time, Richardson was married to producer Robert Fox, and Neeson was known as a bit of a bachelor who had dated stars such as Helen Mirren, Julia Roberts, Barbra Streisand and Brooke Shields. The couple married in 1994.

Richardson was a member of the Redgrave acting Dynasty and was most famous for her work on stage. such as the revival of Cabaret, for which she won a Tony award.

Members of her family included her two sons, Micheál and Daniel, her husband and her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, and her sister, Joely Richardson.

60 Minutes airs in the US, Feb 23. Watch the trailer here.



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