After the death of his wife in a freak skiing accident in 2009, Liam Neeson opens up about how her death "was never real" to him and "still kind of isn't" even five years later.
"There are 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," the actor admits of late wife Natasha Richardson.
At the time of her accident in Quebec, Canada, Neeson rushed to her side only to find out that the actress was brain dead.
"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' Neeson remembers.
"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,'" explains the actor.
Richardson, who appeared in movies such as "The Parent Trap" and "Maid in Manhattan," was 45 at the time of her death. She and Neeson have two sons.
Neeson describes how it feels to realize your loved one isn't coming back.
"It hits you. It's like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability," the actor tells CBS anchor Anderson Cooper. "The Earth isn't stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes."
But the Irishman insists that his wife's spirit lives on, in the form of three other people.
"[She] donated three of her organs, so she's keeping three people alive at the moment," he says. "Her heart, her kidneys and her liver. It's terrific and I think she would be very thrilled and pleased by that."
The full interview will air on "60 Minutes" this Sunday (Feb. 23).
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