Top Irish actor Liam Neeson has revealed that his late wife Natasha Richardson surprised him on their wedding day by serenading him after taking secret singing lessons.
The Taken star wed the actress, who shockingly passed away in 2009 following a skiing accident, back in 1994. Speaking on Radio Andy today, he shared the special moment between him and the mother of his two sons on their big day.
“Behind my back Natasha had been taking singing lessons to sing it to me,” he recalled. “After the ceremony we were all going out to start the night’s festivities and she grabbed the microphone and she sang me Van Morisson’s Crazy Love.”
He added: “She had learned it and I was like ‘Wow!’” Broken-hearted Liam remained quite about the tragic death of his wife, who was just 45-years-old at the time, but after five years of privately grieving, he opened up about his loss in an episode of 60 Minutes back in 2014.
“I spoke to her and she said, ‘Oh darling. I’ve taken a tumble in the snow. That’s how she described it,” he told Anderson Cooper at the time.
After having his flight diverted to Montreal, where his wife was in the hospital, a doctor explained to Liam, after showing him his wife’s X-rays, that she was brain dead, but on life support. The couple had previously made a pact that if either of them were left in a vegetative state, the life support would be switched off.
“I went in to her and told her I loved her. Said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this,” he revealed. “You’ve banged your head. It’s – I don’t know if you can hear me, but that’s – this is what’s gone down. And we’re bringing ya back to New York. All your family and friends will come.”