Liam Neeson on losing wife Natasha: The pain is 'extraordinary'
February 16th, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Liam Neeson on losing wife Natasha: The pain is 'extraordinary'

In an emotional new interview with Esquire magazine, Liam Neeson opens up about the tragic death of his wife Natasha Richardson, revealing that he still gets overcome with grief when he least expects it.

"I think I survived by running away some. Running away to work," says Neeson, who shot the thriller "Chloe" after the funeral of Richardson, who died at age 45 from injuries sustained from a March 2009 ski accident.

"I just think I was still in a bit of shock," he says. "But it's kind of a no-brainer to go back to that work. It's a wee bit of a blur, but I know the tragedy hadn't just really smacked me yet."

Now, despite maintaining a full workload, Neeson still occasionally finds himself mourning.

"That's the weird thing about grief," he says. "You can't prepare for it. You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work. It hits you in the middle of the night — well, it hits me in the middle of the night. I'm out walking. I'm feeling quite content. And it's like suddenly, boom. It's like you've just done that in your chest."

That deep, recurring pain, he says, is "just extraordinary."


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  1. jacqueline friedberg

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    April 12, 2013 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. jamesnyc

    This is the brutal nature of grief and even Post Traumatic Stress. You will go along fine and then BAM it hits you. Distractions are good but take it from someone who went 17 years before getting treatment, get help. Get it now. Distractions can only do so much. You have to face your pain to over come it. Some of your pain is about what she can no longer give you. You have to find a way to supply it yourself and that is hard.
    Liam, I am feelin' you. Take care...

    March 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. big AL

    Different people grieve different ways. I lost my big sister (at age 47) and now 7 years later I think and still grieve over her. We buried my sister-in-laws father-in-law (age 92) today. I knew the man only 3 years but we talked many times. He was a WWII vet/Purple Heart recipient and a christian/godly man. I will grieve over him with his family because they ARE my family! We are all family. Children of Adam & Eve. God bless Liam for he will reunited with his beloved wife one day!

    February 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jo

    Sad to think this waste of skin is no doubt sitting back, reading these comments, and laughing his butt off. He got what he wanted.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patti

    Some of you are insensitive beyond belief.

    February 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. l like g a y guys

    WHO CARES HE CAN BUY ANOTHER WIFE

    February 16, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lori

    Grief is like a freight train......you think you have it under control and suddenly it swerves off the track. I lost my sister 11/09 and I find myself so sad sometimes, even with a year under my belt, that I can hardly stand it. It comes up like a sudden storm and there's no where to hide. You have to face it. Saddness is a terrible thing, yes work help, but friends help so much more. I am so grateful for my friends and her only child, my niece.....you have to talk about the person, they are not erased from memory, they formed a life, no matter how small or big, and life has an impact. Death has an impact. Healing is hell, but in time, that terrible phrase that is batted about when someone dies.....time will heal.....yes it does, but the day of funeral is not the time to say that phrase.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    Quebec's health caresystem is broken. More than likely she would have survived if the accident took place in the U.S. French Quebecers are xenophobes and are preoccupied in blaming the rest of Canada when it comes to their economy and healthcare system. I would never recommend Quebec to anyone.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. T3chsupport

    Reading that made ME want to cry :'(

    February 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa Kay

    Death and grief demand respect. If you deny it and avoid it, it will wait. It stops you, exhausts you, drains you. It will pass, slowly, but don't bother to ignore it. Years later,will still be waiting for you. When you're too tired, when you're not looking, grief will take you over. So – sit down and look at it. Sit in it. It won't go away until you do, so do it and it could well take a couple of years to work through and it doesn't matter who you are.

    You have to cry, you have to be depressed, you have to have sleeplessness and sleep too much, when you can you have to avoid things that are hard for you because they will just be harder... Then and only then will it – gradually – leave you alone and life can go on in a new normalness. And at some point you can enjoy your fond memories, and it's ok. No one tells you this. But you must respect grief.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. j

    My sister and i and her kids who are my nephews lost our mom a month ago. and it hurts sooo bad. when we think we are all cried out. it hits like a hurricain. but we take it day by day. wish u and yours continued strength.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      I am sorry for your grief. It's so hard right now. It will always be hard. You will find a way to put the saddness aside and get on with it, but you have to love the memory and love that she was who she was and you have made a great memory. Memories can be so helpful in times like this.....the life they lived, how happy something so small or seemingly insigficant could make them laugh, how you just loved who they were. Memories will be healing, you will see. The crying may stop, the memories won't.....don't push them away,,,,,,,take them and love them.

      February 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike Bender

    I had grown to love the characters Natasha portrayed in movies. She came across as a kind hearted loving person. I was quite certain that was how she was in real life as well. It pained me deeply to learn she had died from such an unlikely injury. How very tragic. The world was a better place with her in it.

    Liam was wise to bury himself in work, it can be a good means of escape. The hazard with that is when you least expect it the memory will strike and with it comes the pain of the loss. It took me a couple of years to fully realize my parents were gone. Almost nine months after their death I started to pick up the phone to call them and wham, it hit me, "You can't call them dummy, they are gone."

    A comment that reminds you of a lost loved one, or a person in the distance who resembles them is all it takes to spark a pang of sad memory. Time can heal though, be patient. Eight years after their passing I can now look at my parents photos without pain. There is still that wee little sadness that comes from the realization they are no longer near, but it is now bearable. It is how they would have wanted it.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr. J.

    My heart goes out to Mr. Neeson and his family he put it together like I could never have when he said:That's the weird thing about grief," he says. "You can't prepare for it. You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work. It hits you in the middle of the night — well, it hits me in the middle of the night. I'm out walking. I'm feeling quite content. And it's like suddenly, boom. It's like you've just done that in your chest."
    That deep, recurring pain, he says, is "just extraordinary.

    Two years ago when I lost my mom expectantly March 1st and 26 days later lost my older sister also unexpectedly who had just turned fifty on March 26th. It was like being stuck in a vortex and seeking to become unstuck in my grief I attended a Grief Share class with my church two week after finishing the class I pulled a 15year old child out of a swimming pool after being underwater for 20 minutes and performing CPR until help arrived. I found myself reliving my grief and the loss of this child all over again. It's a feeling that I have never been able to shake I mean losing people so close to me. My living in a city where I had no family and very few friends all I had was my work to help to ease the pain and even still it's a lingering pain that I have not been able to shake no matter how much I work. God Bless Mr. Neeson and his family for having to endure such an unexpected tragedy and may Mrs. Richardson R.I.P.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lori

    I pray that I never have to suffer this pain as Mr. Neeson has. It is my worst fear as I couldn't live without my husband.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jared

    Liam you are the man! We love you!

    February 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. nuffsaid

    pls quit making movies.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      You too. Quit. (Not quite) if you've got nothing nice to say, move on. Don't show your loser in life mentality.

      February 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. nuffsaid

    I think Liam and Helen Mirren should quit making movies.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Beautiful Vixen

    My sister-in-law of 17 yrs is dying of cancer and we are thinking she might only have a few more weeks left with us. Found out she had cancer around Christmas time and now the strong woman that she once was is no longer. It's such a great sadness and words can't explain the pain and it's only going to get worse.

    February 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sandy Kirksey

    Liam and Natasha made a beautiful couple. I am sure he will forever have a loss in his heart for his true love. He will make it thru it. It was truly a horrible accident. Prayers and faith will help him.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Publicity

    Publicity two years later...pretty soon we'll be seeing that he's dating someone new. Not a bad thing..I'm just sayin'.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      If people new how absolutely stupid they sound when they say "Just saying" ...

      February 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. sadiesadie

    I feel for Liam. I pray that him and his sons can move on and make something great of het memory. She was a class act.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bob Horn

    I know your pain sir – you will always live with the memory of her in your heart. Take some time to ponder being appreciative and grateful – learn to be joyful for the gifts she gave freely that touched, moved and inspired your bliss. Carry on living a good life by going forward joyously – drawing in her fine attributes and essence unto yourself and your way of being. Do this and she lives on endlessly as you honor, observe and share your own life. The Universe is beyond our wildest imaginations.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Floria Sigmundi

    ;',',(

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kJGachsPnk&w=640&h=390]

    February 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Greg

    @SAM You're a turd!!!!

    February 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  25. richard dunlap

    MR NEESON I JUST WANTED TO SAY HOW I ENJOYED YOU IN THE MOVIE (TAKEN) IT REALLY SHOWS WHAT TYPE OF FAMILY MAN YOU ARE ON SCREEN AND OFF. I WAS SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR WIFE. RICHARD DUNLAP

    February 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  26. bwitt

    u people r stupid 4 replying. he started dating 9 months later. waaaa. real upset. n she looks like natasha.

    February 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Loser in life. Move on and make someone else miserable. You do it quite well. Glad i'm not in your family.

      February 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. ThnikAMinute

    First and foremost Liam and Natasha made a beautiful couple. Some of the comments sound like they blame her for dying, but the fact is we all are born to die. But a momemt of reflection can lead us to finally realize that there is more to this life we are born into than what we can immediately see/sense, afterall the Universe comprises only about 4% regular matter, so you have to stop and wonder where is all the other stuff that we don't see or can't perceive in our present state. That is what Afterlife/Resurrection is all about, but in the meantime we transit here because the kids need someplace to go apageinthelife blogspot keyword humor science God Resurrection

    February 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  28. George W. Bush

    Even I'm smart enough not to respond to evil trolls. Just click on REPORT ABUSE.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Steama

    My heart aches for Mr. Neeson

    February 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bless you Liam

    I met my husband 8 years ago, a short 7 months after his beloved wife passed. Love can and should happen again. Us humans have an unlimited capacity for love. We just need to allow it in. God bless, Liam.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  31. stejo

    I unfortunately know that feeling. I have good days and bad days, then mostly good days, but then something unexpected pops up that reminds me that my love is no longer here, and it's like a wallop. I saw a chihuahua riding on the shoulder of a girl this morning, and my first thought was, I wish my honey could see this, and then I realized he couldn't, and bam! There's no preparing for that. Keep on keeping on, Liam. That's all we can do.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Lily Daisy

    Liam has expressed it just right. It does come when you least expect it, and it will do that off and on for a long, long time. Luckily, though, he has his children to hug and help him get through those tough times.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. JackieInDallas

    Liam, grief never actually goes away. There will always be a hole in your life where Natasha was, and that hole will cause you pain when you least expect it. "Moving on" from grief is more learning how to deal with it, finding other things that can occupy your mind, and other people to love. Natasha will always be in your heart and brain...but you will learn to go on, much like someone who loses a leg relearns to walk.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family, and I hope that you go on to create more works of art that attracted such an extraordinary woman like Natasha to you in the first place.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  34. james

    "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you."

    February 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mammabeare

    When I was 6 years old my father suffered a severe brain injury, which resulted in a subarachnoid hemorrhage. What caused the injury is unimportant. What is important is that he was able to receive medical treatment a.s.a.p. and he survived. The road ahead for him was HORRIFIC. Numerous brain surgeries, having a shunt put in to aleviate inflammation/"water" in his brain, years of physical therapy to learn how to walk and talk again, having to deal with loss of memory. Although I did not lose my father physically, he is NOT by any means, the same man.

    My heart goes out to Liam and their boys for their loss of Natasha. I can not imagine what they are going through. I can not believe people have posted rude and insensitive comments about Natasha's injury and subsequent death. That is just unbelievably disgusting!!

    February 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mary Ann

    I completely understand the feeling. I believe anytime anyone loses someone they love, perhaps more when it comes so unexpectantly, will have moments of deep and profound sadness that hits you, like wave upon wave of sorrow. Life does go on, but it forever changes you.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sean

    I can absolutely relate, and I applaud Mr. Neeson for his courage and commitment. My fiancee (and mother of my son) was killed in a horrific car accident when our son was only two months old. He was with her at the time, and luckily he survived. Even though it's been nearly eight years since we lost her, there are days that are nearly unbearable.

    She was without question the brightest spot on my otherwise mundane (and occasionally tragic) existence. I'll never stop missing her or loving her, but as we all know, life must continue. I do my best to be brave and steadfast for my son, although it is very tragic that he will never know her beyond what his grandparents and I are able to remember of her.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Vic

    The accident happened miles away from where I lived. All of Quebec was praying for her. This should not have happened and I blame the medics who should have insisted she be taken to a hospital...a real hospital in Downtown Montreal (the neuro center)...not that joke of a healthcare facility in Ste-Agathe. I don't know how you do it Mr. Neeson, but we often think of Natasha and our prayers are with you.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  39. RckyMtnGrl

    My heart truly goes out to for Mr. Neeson and his family. I became a widow at 29 when my husband passed at the age of 31, and there really is nothing I have *ever* experienced before or since that can compare to the devastation of losing my soulmate. And those feelings do crop up very unexpectedly; little things like when a ceratin song comes over the PA at the grocery store, or countless other moments through the day (and night).

    I've realized in the last 2 1/2 years that this is something that one never 'gets over', but you just learn how to live life over again. I know I have a very long way to go to feeling somewhat normal again, but I have been able to find some peace and even some level of happiness in what this life still has to offer.

    Many wishes of love and peace to all those who knew and love Ms. Richardson, and my deepest admiration and respect to Mr. Neeson for finding the strength to carry on with such grace.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I assume you live near the Rocky Mountains. I do as well. It would seem we have more than just geography in common, though. My heart goes out to you. I can absolutely relate. Even though it's been years, I still can't listen to "our song" without turning into a bawling, sobbing wreck. There are just some wounds that never completely heal. Yes, it gets easier to manage, and yes, we continue on with our lives. But all of that promise and possibility is just gone, with little or no warning or explanation.

      I know it sounds a tad trite, but try to stay positive. I believe that the old cliche is applicable– better to have loved and lost. I'm grateful to have known and loved her, and the positive impact she had on my life will never be forgotten.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. lost

    My heart goes to to him. My wife died suddnely on newyears day, we were sitting there talking I left the room for 30sec. to chase my doughter down the hall playing and when I came back she was gone. No explanation for it. She was three weeks from her 38th birthday. We have a 4 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. When he says it hurts in his chest he's not kidding. The pain and emotions are overwelming!!!!!!

    February 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Dee

    How lucky you were, Mr. Neeson, to have known this kind of love in your life, not to mention that you are a member of an industry known for marital unhappiness. God blessed you and then he took your love away. That is tragic but at least you knew that joy...many others never have. May you have peace and may you love again.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Angelina

    He is amazing person, because I don't think I could have done it. You can tell he really loved her.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Pete

    If you have lost a loved one you understand that there are "land mines" that can trigger grief. A fragrance, a song, some small thing can bring memories and emotions flooding back. They say time is a healer, but even after ten years I still stumble on a land mine from time to time.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Just Say No to WASPs

    @ Sam – Where do you live?

    February 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jaynne

    I am sorry for your loss too. I hope someday you will find the peace and comfort that can come to you, knowing for a surety that you will see Natasha again and that you can be together forever with your family. For I know love never dies no matter who we have lost. My prayers are with you.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  46. jd wolff

    I am sorry you are hurting.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  47. ssk

    How do you not love this man?

    February 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  48. tiabear

    Dear Mr. Neeson, I am truly sorry for the loss of your gorgeously cute wife. Just remember this: We are all like peanuts. The good stuff on the inside, the shell on the outside. The good Lord took the good stuff and left the shell behind. She will always be with you in your mind,your heart and your soul. Love, tiabear

    February 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Epidi

    Time helps heal the wounds, Liam, but the scars never go away. Know that she loved you just as much.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Snookis Beer Belly

    Liam you can rub my beer belly if it make ya feel better.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nono

      The beer belly has a beer belly? Woah.

      My deepest condolences. May he continue to find the strength to continue on despite the tragic loss.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  51. TheBossIsOut

    I totally understand Liam. I am going through the exact same thing. My wife died suddenly from cancer 2 months ago and she didn't even know she had it. You can be out walking and quite normal and then bang, it hits you overwhelmingly. Like Liam said, "It's extraodinary".

    February 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jim

    I totally understand his feelings after loosing my wife. It hits you out of the blue, at off times, without rhyme or reason.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Weeslocox5

    To a genuine gentleman that seems to keep moving forward as hard as his next step is, he still continues to move on. I will pray for him to find comfort in knowing that Natasha is watching over him. So that he may continue to entertain us with great movies. My best to you Liam and I thank you for letting us into your inner soul and may and if you read these know that you have a LOT of supporters and cheerleaders cheering for you to do great still. God bless you and comfort you even after all this time. Take care my friend.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Where?

    Not sure of Sam's comment, it appears to be gone, but why are half the posts here responding to him?

    As far as helmets, are you going to wear one every time you leave the house? Natasha wasn't even skiing when she fell, she was just standing there. I've been skiing for about 45 years and never wore a helmet. Of course I make it a point to avoid running into trees.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  55. amber

    this is heartbreaking. but it is also so beautiful to read of true love & real emotions in a world that can feel cold at times. my heart goes out to liam neeson. i will be thinking positive thoughts for him during his healing. LOVE

    February 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Corey

    II would probably be on a 24-hour suicide watch if my wife died.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  57. concordantmind

    Natasha's death was so sudden and such a freak accident that the pain really must be unbearable at times. If I lost my wife so tragically I don't know if I'd make it through the day. That Liam has survived it at all, let alone with such grace, is truly a testament to his character and I can only hope that I have half of his strength if something like this ever happens to my loved ones :(

    February 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  58. wendilis

    PEOPLE!! ignore the moron....this is supposed to be about liam's difficult time...and its become about and idiot. lets keep the focus. im sorry about all this b.s. liam... and ur loss. i love ur work.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  59. MJD

    My heart goes out to Mr. Neeson. I know what its like to have to make the decision to turn off life support. The grief is unbelievable, and it hits you at odd moments. A friend of mine calls it "ambush grief". It will get better

    February 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Carl

    I identify a lot with Liam. He's always been one of my favorite actors. I know what he means about how grief just hits you at unexpected times. 2 years ago my twin granddaughters died of newborn kidney failure, they never got to go home. It was very hard for my daughter and my entire family at that time, and it is still very hard sometimes.
    It will just hit me when I am reminded about babies or twins or losing a child or children that lose children and then I am suddenly right back at that uber-sad funeral, fighting back hot tears and raw emotion. Very difficult.
    I take comfort in my belief that death is just a transition to another octave of life, and that we'll all see our loved ones again. Our hearts are with Liam~

    February 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  61. dave

    I really enjoy Liam Neeson's work, most of it. He's a great actor and seems like a great guy in real life. Tradgedies like this strike all walks of life at anytime, including "stars". What a tough blow, and the best of recovery to Liam.
    That said, I love skiing and will never quit. Accidents happen in all activities.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Jan Davis

    Those who are making ugly comments about Liam just haven't gone through a loss like this. Those of us who have fully understand what he is going through. Natasha was one of the most beautiful and nice celebrities I've read about and I am very sorry about her untimely death. So sad. An IRISH BLESSING goes to you Mr. Neeson.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  63. RS

    I remember sitting at work when I heard the news about Natasha passing, and I immediately felt bad for Liam and the kids. I know it was tough enough for the rest of her family, but it was extremely hard on Liam and their sons. Losing anyone you love is tough, but I'm sure losing your spouse is even harder. But Liam is a tough man who seems to be doing the best he can. I know he's got a great support system in both his family and friends. I was reading about how he said the outpouring of love and support from his fans made him grateful. He'll never fully get over the loss, but he'll be able to get by and maybe even wed again. All my love to that wonderful man. I hope things get better for him.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  64. Ghostality

    There is not another feeling like losing someone dear. I've felt the same endless chasm of grief myself. I was fortunate to receive communication from the other side which made me feel better. Many people may never have that chance. But if you do, consider it a true testament to the love from that person to you.

    I wish Mr. Neeson the best during the time it takes to dig himself out of the grief. Keeping busy and not being afraid to speak about it is two of the best things anyone can do to get over the feeling of loss.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • EmSeeDubayou

      "the other side" ...yeah, right

      February 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      If talking with "the other side" helped her come back to herself and back from the brink then what's to scoff at? Even if it's not real it gave what was need to help trigger the recovery. Isn't that all that matters? I've met people with worse beliefs than that.

      February 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  65. JJ

    Troll alert! It's better to just ignore trolls isn't it? It's too bad about the mans wife. Very tragic. Forgetting he is a celebrity and a human being who lost his wife I can't imagine his pain. Too bad.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  66. Lisababy

    God bless you liam and give you peace and closure.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  67. John

    @luvmesumzacefron you're a tool.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  68. Jesse

    To all of you who responded angrily to Sam, you've been trolled. Please stop feeding the trolls.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  69. Jack

    Maybe Sam has some inside knowledge and he might have done something like this himself. He seems to have a lot of time on his hands (probably rich by non traditional means aka work) and seems to be posses a lot of knowledge about crime and conpiracy. Someone should look into his background... Who knows what Sam has been upto .

    February 16, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  70. Lizaroo

    I have never lost a spouse but I have lost 3 children, the grief is horrible and doesn't go away. My thoughts are with you and your children. Natasha died when I was pregnant with my youngest, it shocked us all, especially since she was one of my favorite actresses. Nell is one of my favorite movies, she did such a great job in it as did Liam.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  71. richie

    May god bless you and hold you in this time of sorrow. Look forward to the day you will be reunited with her

    February 16, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  72. david

    Sam, paramedics didn't "examine her at the scene and determine there was nothing wrong with her". she sent them away before they could examine her.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  73. ScottC543

    I know exactly how Mr. Neeson feels, having lost my wife (at age 37) suddenly only a couple of months after his wife died. You can be going about your life, having a reasonably nice day, and some little thing triggers the grief all over again. I will love my wife always, and miss her forever.

    My sincere sympathies and condolences to the Neeson family for their loss.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark B.

      Scott,
      I can only offer you my condolences. God bless you as you walk on this planet. I am sorry for your loss and can only offer the time you two had together as any comfort. I am Christian and believe in eternal life. My hope is that you and yuor wife shared the joy in His promise. If not, please think about it.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Mike from Montreal

    This tragic accident was a reminder to play safe and wear a helmet when participating in winter and summer sports. All members of our family wears alpine ski helmets when skiing and bicycle helmets in summer. My wife slipped and fell on some ice while walking at Tremblant at lunch, less than 1 Km. from the beginner trail where Ms. Richardson had her seemingly innocent fall in 2009. Mu wife was coming in for lunch after skiing and was wearing her ski helmet, which absorbed the force of the impact on hard packed ice. Good thing.

    The research on head blows in football and hockey is only now showing the short and long term effects of head trauma. Just look at Sidney Crosby's injury as well as other players in the NHL, CFL and NFL.

    We are born with only one brain and we need to protect it during our various activites, whether driving or in sports...

    Enjoy them, but play safe.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  75. Martha

    Mr Neeson, I love all your movies. You are wonderful talented Actor. I am sorry for your loss. I pray your heartbreak will lessen over time. It is good to stay busy with your career. Work is a good device to use in your healing process. God be with you!

    February 16, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  76. Name*TLC

    As far as Sam goes, give it up. You can't argue with a conspiracy theorist. They're too arrogant. It's the only way they can feel superior in society: from their basements typing away on their keyboards with pasty white fingers that haven't seen the sun in months.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • HS

      Know what you mean but I'm not trying to change his mind. Just showing him there are people out there who don't agree.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  77. wishingstar

    To "Sam" – some compassion for a fellow human being here, please. Mr. Neeson, I'm very sorry for your loss. I know what you mean about grief hitting you from out of nowhere. As you know, it does at least fade a bit with time. I further hope expressions of support and affection, even from us strangers, will offer some comfort. You probably draw strength from your children. I hope you find love again. After I lost a long awaited pregnancy, my doctor assured my husband and I that there were happier days ahead. And, there were; a beautiful, healthy baby arrived the following year. May you find happier days, too.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Losing a pregnancy is terrible. I mean no offense when I say this, BUT....losing a pregnancy isn't the same as losing a 45 year old spouse or someone you've known for years. It isn't a grief contest, but I hated it when my 30 year old brother passed and people made those kinds of analogies to me as if they could relate.

      February 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • angel

      This is directed at anon, and not wishingstar. I think that you are completely wrong about that. For most women, the moment you find out you are pregnant, you love your child. That child is part of you, your own flesh and blood. The grief over losing a pregnancy is horrendous for most people, especially the mother, because you feel guilt. Raw, raw guilt over the loss of your baby. (Even if you have no reason to feel guilty, you do anyway.) So you are right that the griefs over losing a spouse or a sibling are different from the grief of losing a baby. When you lose a baby, you lose your child.
      That said, I'm sorry for your loss, Mr. Neeson. May you find peace.

      February 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • CT73

      I think I'd have to side with Anon. There's something different about losing a person you haven't met yet vs someone who is your lifelong partner or family member. One is more the idea of someone and the potential they hold, and what they mean to you. The other is the actual person, who they are and what they say/do, and who you are together. Both are very devastating forms of grief, but the memories you have of a lost loved one can be particularly haunting.

      March 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  78. HS

    Sam – surely, you must be joking. Do you know anything about skiing injuries?? Why do you think helmets are now recommended and mandatory for kids at most places?? There obviously was snow on the ground but when it's packed down from skiing - it's not soft and fluffy. The momentum from a little speed and hitting your head in a tumble - can cause an injury. Even if were a minor injury – the brain still swells, it's got no place to go because it's encased in the bone of your skull. So, when it expands, more injury happens. That's why a person might feel okay right after the fall - it takes a while for the brain swelling to start and cause more damage. Look it up!!!!

    February 16, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  79. Sick

    @Sam – That was an insensative, rude comment. Those type of injuries and deaths happen more often than you think. Not to mention, I am sure he makes enough money himself. He's a well respected great actor.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  80. Diana

    So sorry for your loss... She was a beautiful person, inside and out, and you two seemed very happy together. God bless.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • hunnykins

      I second what Diana says. It was a shock to hear about Natashas tragic accident and subsequent death. She seemed like such a bright light to those who knew her, a really positive as well as talented person. Those left behind never really "get over" losing someone they love. Grief truly can be a lifelong process. My heart goes out to Mr Neeson, he and Natashas sons, and Natashas family and friends.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      I agree also, and with Liam. I lost my 23 year old son last September and I never know when that awful feeling will hit me and just knock me over. Work definitely helps!

      February 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOTHNNEW

      I second that, too, Diana. May the Holy God give him the strength he needs to carry on.

      In fact, you could tell that this was a genuinely loving and sweet couple; though who could ever be sure about these things, yet, I think so.

      In the meantime, this man truly shines with a kind of silent strength, like my long time other half and I do admire that in the men that have it – you know – when you want to scream and cry and shout, "Why me?", these are the guys that just go on in life, making everything better for everyone else, even as they must (clearly) be suffering inside.

      I have to go now, my eyes are filling with tears and my ears are tingling....RIP Babygirl!

      February 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Wow

    Sam – what an awful thing to say. What kind of a person are you?

    February 16, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  82. Chris

    The man's wife passed away and you say this. Some person you are. Plus, snow isn't as soft as you think. I bet you think falling while water skiing doesn't hurt either. Get over yourself.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  83. jd

    tell me you aren't serious? because if you are, congratulations.....that is the most ignorant and insensitive thing I've heard in months.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  84. Wendy

    You are such an idiot Sam. Complete moron!

    February 16, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  85. Cerealface

    You're just plain stupid. As if he needed a big insurance pay out. Go tell your lies elsewhere.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  86. Name*TLC

    Look at his grammar. Three words and he screws it up. Lack of brains and lack of heart often accompany each other.

    Mr. Neeson: A big hug for you.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  87. Sam

    EXACTLY!

    February 16, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  88. Josh

    You're an idiot.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  89. G-man

    Hey "yo manna" I lost my wife and your childish post is unforgivable. Why don't you post your address so I can pay you a visit and break your fingers?

    February 16, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  90. wishingstar

    Sam – Hello. I hope you're just being satirical and don't really mean this; that you're really a better person than it appears. I, further hope you never have or ever will experience this kind of pain. There have been numerous medical cases of delayed reaction to a trauma, particularly head injury. Best wishes to you.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  91. HS

    You're so wrong. Most brain injuries DO take hrs before the serious effects show up. And tell us – how did Liam know that Natasha was going fall during a skiing kesson???? And, then arrange for a hit man to go to her room and smack her?? The mistakes made were that she wasn't wearing a helmut and that she refused treatment at the site. Why the heck do you think emergency crews are sent for EVERY fall on the slopes???? A seemingly minor fall can be devastating later.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  92. L Jay in Houston

    If you even bothered to read anything about the event – or paid attention at the time – you would know that the paramedics tried to take her to the hospital. She refused and sent them away, saying she was fine. If a patient refuses care, they cannot force her to accompany them if she is rational and does not exhibit OBVIOUS life-threatening injuries. She was hurt, but refused. Her choice. She did not "recieve a blow" later, she complained of a headache. Then began slurring her speech and paramedics were called.

    You are an imbecile. That is all.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  93. Sam hater

    Whoi cares about your irrelevant crackpot theories. This is a story and most importantly about a man losing his wife. What is wrong with you?

    February 16, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  94. ertaislament

    When I was in college I gave downhill skiing a try, and cracked up at the bottom of a hill. It really knocked the wind out of me, and the paramedics were quick to respond after seeing me laying there catching my breath. I sat up, chatted with them for a minute, assured them I was fine, then picked up my skiis and headed for the lodge.

    I never made it. I'd sustained a concussion and fractured my collarbone. I fell out near the ski rack and blacked out, next thing I know the paras are back and I'm being loaded into an ambulance.

    That someone could sustain head trauma in a ski accident that doesn't fully manifest itself until later is perfectly feasible. I post this in the off-chance that you're not trolling here, Sam, but it's a very ill-dignified thing to troll about if you are.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  95. Mathis

    In the words of Cee Lo F- You.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  96. gmawlb

    OMG what an idiot you are

    February 16, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  97. Shannon

    Keep on drinking the kool-aide there, Sam.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  98. RS

    Sam, all of the articles I've read stated that they tried to convince Natasha to go to the hospital as a safety precaution after her fall, but she refused, stating that she felt fine. It wasn't until later that she starting feeling bad and by that point the ambulance had already left, and they were trying to get it back. Liam had nothing to do with it. So please, spare us your "conspiracy theories." Liam loved his wife, and had nothing to gain from her death. I think you need to get your facts straight instead of picking and choosing what you want to string together and then trying to push it on the public.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  99. HS

    A year later?? Oh, that's real proof of nothing,

    February 16, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  100. Meh

    nice job texting-addict
    put the phone down for awhile and go for a walk

    February 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Pete

    @ Milf Lover
    Your comments are so out of whack, you insensitive wanna-be human being.
    In case this happened to you, would you be still touching yourself, you maniac ?

    February 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Julia Roberts

    mmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    February 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  103. PTM

    Sometimes in life you meet someone who is just the lowest form of life on the planet, and you happen to fit that bill perfectly. It's little dweebs like you that I would LOVE to meet in person, so I could just drop you like a bag of dirt. Grow up, and get off your parents computer. Would you be such an ass if that were your mother?

    February 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Satan

    I would advise you strongly against misusing My name, unless you really want this Office.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  105. You what?

    Wow, you are quite the angry loser.

    February 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |

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