In a recent interview, Irish actor Liam Neeson discussed Natasha Richardson’s passing and compared their relationship to that of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Actress Richardson died in March 2009, at the age of 45, following head injuries sustained in a skiing accident in Canada.
Neeson, 61, spoke candidly about his loss in an interview that was conducted in his New York State farmhouse, where the couple married in 1994.
“She was breathtaking in all regards. “I remember the flowing hair being incredibly beautiful,” he commented. “I had never felt such a strong bond with a performer or actress.”
We shared many similarities with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We simply had this fantastic kind of free dancing every night on stage, you know?”
Richardson experienced a severe brain hemorrhage after colliding with her head while skiing in Quebec while Neeson was filming a movie in Toronto.
Since she was not wearing a helmet, it appears that she declined the available medical care when it was offered to her and instead returned to her hotel, where she later became ill.
The Star Wars star recalled that she answered, “Oh dear. I slipped in the snow and fell.” She phrased it in that way.
He said, “We swiftly flew up. While we were in the air, the captain was informed that she would be brought to the major hospital in Montreal, and that our flight should be diverted there.”
“I grabbed a taxi to the hospital, where a doctor showed me her X-ray. And you didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand what was happening.”
The brain is forced against the side of the skull as the blood tries to escape.
He said, “I was told she was brain dead. And I was like “Wow” when I looked at this X-ray. But it was obvious that she was on life support.
“I approached her and told her that I loved her. Sweetie, you’re not coming out of this alive,” he said.
“I don’t know if you can hear me, but that is what happened.”
She and I had agreed to cut off the power if any of us lapsed into a coma. I therefore immediately thought, “These tubes have to go,” when I first saw her with all of these tubes.
However, because I donated three of her organs, she is currently keeping three others alive. Her heart, liver, and kidneys were all OK.
The actor admitted that he is still finding it difficult to comprehend her passing.
“It was never real. However, it’s not actually,” he admitted.
“There are now occasions when I hear the door open in our New York house; she would always smile and set the keys on the table.”
“Grief hits you like a wave and leaves you feeling incredibly unstable. You feel like a three-legged table. The earth has lost its stability. It still happens to me now and then, but it’s less frequent.”
Despite the fact that it “could have been a heck of a lot worse,” Neeson must get used to raising his boys Michael, 19, and Daniel, 18, by himself.