An image of Natasha Richardson on a screen at The Shelbourne hotel sent sister Joely Richardson down memory lane.
Actress Joely lost her sister Natasha when she died at the age of 45 in New York on 18 March 2009. Hollywood star Natasha died from an epidural hematoma (bleeding around the brain) after a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada. During the festive period Joely shared a stunning image of her late sister with her widower Liam Neeson after her phone offered it as a memory.
The 57-year-old posted the snap on Instagram, adding: “A few years ago I was in a hotel in Dublin and really missing my sister Natasha. Passing through the lobby on a screen this picture came up as ‘previous guests’.”
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Seeing the photo made her “smile broadly” and her phone sent it to her as a memory during the Christmas period. “Tash in all her glory,” she wrote, tagging The Shelbourne hotel.
Eight months after Natasha's shock death, Joely told Tatler: “I hadn't lived a day in my life without her. You worry about your children and your elders, but I never imagined such a thing as this. Tash was a given to me. The shock shatters you on a cellular level, and it takes time for the pieces to come back together, albeit in a different formation.”
Speaking to CBS's Anderson Cooper in 2014 about the loss of his wife, Liam Neeson recalled arriving at the hospital and being told by doctors that she was brain dead after her accident. “She was on life support... I went in to her and I told her I loved her,” the actor said. “I said, ‘Sweetie, you're not coming back from this, you've banged your head.’ 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’.”
Liam and Natasha married in 1994 and shared two sons, actor Micheal, 27, and fashion designer Daniel, 26. Natasha was famous for her roles in Gothic (1986), The Handmaid's Tale (1990), and The Parent Trap (1998).
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