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They would have celebrated their 20th anniversary on July 3, but instead, Liam Neeson recently opened up about the death of his wife Natasha Richardson five years ago.
"Her death was never real. It still kind of isn’t," the 62-year-old shared of the freak ski accident that killed the vibrant 45-year-old.
"There’s periods now 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."
Liam confessed the two had a deal long before her death. "She and I had made a pact. If any of us got into a vegetative state we’d pull the plug," he explained. After the accident, "I went in to her and I just told her I loved her. I said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this.'"
The Oscar nominee shared, "When I saw her and saw all these tubes and stuff that was my immediate thought, ‘OK, these tubes have to go. She’s gone.’"
Even five years later, Liam admits he sometimes has trouble filming certain scenes while shooting a movie. "It hits you. It’s like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability," he told Loaded magazine.
"The earth isn’t stable any more and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes."
Luckily, the actor has had the constant support of the couple's two children — Micheál, 18, and Daniel, 17 — to help him move forward.