Liam Neeson's Touching Words About His Wife's Death Will Break Your Heart (VIDEO)

Liam NeesonHollywood is known for its brief and tumultous marriages, but every once in awhile, one of them seems to show us what marriage is all about. Put Non-Stop star Liam Neeson and actress Natasha Richardson, who were married for 14 years, in that category. The couple had two children and a loving marriage up until the day Natasha suddenly had a freak skiing accident while on the beginner's trail in Quebec, Canada. Natasha at first seemed fine after the fall -- refusing medical care twice -- and returned to her hotel.

But about three hours later, she was rushed to the hospital complaining of a headache. Soon, she was brain dead and flown back to New York to be taken off life support. Liam hasn't said much about his wife's death since then. But now he's spoken out about his grief to Anderson Cooper.

When Neeson arrived at the hospital in Canada, he was told that his wife wouldn't make it. Liam now had a horrible decision to make.

He said he told his wife he loved her and:

Sweetie, you're not coming back from this. You banged your head. I don't know if you can hear me but this is what's going down. I'm bringing you back to New York. All your family and friends will come. And that was more or less it.

He went on to say that he and Natasha had a "pact" that if either one of them ever got into a vegetative state, the other one would do what needs to be done. But who ever imagines that will actually happen?

So few couples discuss this -- who wants to have this discussion? But it's an important one to have. This way you know your wishes will be carried out, and also the spouse is relieved of the agony of trying to make a decision without knowing exactly what you would have wanted.

Neeson also said that he still can't believe his wife, who died at 45, is gone, saying he still expects her to walk through the door any minute. I'm sure many widowers and widows feel the same.

What a horrifically terrible thing for Liam to have to go through -- but I'm sure Natasha is watching over him and knows how much she is loved.

The full interview will air this Sunday on 60 Minutes.

Do you discuss what to do in case of a situation like this with your spouse?


Image via CBS/60 Minutes

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SRTmo... SRTmom6127

I have had this discussion with anyone and everyone in my family who will listen to me, including my husband and my children. My grandmother had a stroke that severed her brainstem from her brain and was being kept alive on machines for four months, even after my grandfather was told she was brain dead and she kept going into cardiac arrest but the hospital was forced to revive her time and again due to him not signing a DNR. The day he finally relented to sign was after he called my mom, their daughter and my dad picked up the phone and my gfather told my dad that he was in the room while they were bathing her and she had black and blues and burn marks on her chest and my father said to him "would you let someone purposely beat her up?" and he said "of course not" so my father explained to him that everytime she goes into cardiac arrest they essentially beat her up, that's when my gfather held a family meeting to say good bye. It was too long. So yes SCREAM it from the rooftops to everyone so there's no mistake, plus a living will!!!

Vanessa Fasanella

He is just the best. What he said reminds me of how Paul McCartney spoke after Linda died in 1999. He held her and told her to picture herself riding her favorite horse, and she just drifted away. And then he told the world how much he loved and missed her. These are real men.

nonmember avatar sandy

Yes, Liam's grief is heartbreaking, and it is also stunningly beautiful: To have such a deep and genuine connection to someone that they truly remain alive in your heart after their body dies seems like the very definition of love. I can only imagine how surreal Liam's life--life in general--must seem to him: talk about existential! As for the conversation about "what you'd want if...": it absolutely should be a part of every family's open discussion. Adult children need to know this of their parents' wishes, and certainly spouses should know it about each other.

lalab... lalaboosh

Oh, Liam. I loved her, too. I can't sing anything from Cabaret without missing her, and I only knew her beauty and grace through screens and speakers. I worry about how devastated you must be and hope that you know you're so loved by so many.



If I didn't already have a nephew named Liam it would have been on the table for my son's name. We namedhim Fox, bbecause he's clever.



RIP Natasha

Christina Milligan Christian

My Grandmother had the same thing happen to her a few months before this happened and she was fine in the beginning, but lapsed into coma and we had to make the horrible decision to let her go. My only beef was with the nurse who tried to pressure us into pulling the plug, but she had surgery to drain the brain bleed and we wanted to keep her on the machines a few days to see if she would respond not indefinitely. People need to have more compassion in these times to let us process before yanking our loves ones off supportive measures.

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