Liam Neeson is mourning the loss of nephew Ronan Sexton, who died at the weekend at the age of 35.
Ronan’s tragic death comes five years after he suffered a serious head injury from falling 20 ft from a phonebox during a night out in Brighton.
It’s the second tragedy to hit the Irish star’s family with Liam losing beloved wife Natasha Richardson ten years ago.
The 45-year-old actress passed away from head injuries in March 2009 following a freak accident on a ski trip to Cananda.
Liam said his life was turned upside down when he arrived at the hospital to see his wife lying in in intensive care.
The Taken actor, who married Natasha in 1994 and went on to have two sons with her, had to make the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life support machine, softly telling her: “Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this.”
During an interview with America’s 60 Minutes in 2014, the Hollywood hardman spoke of his continuing grief saying he still thinks Natasha is going walk back in to their home when he hears the door open.
He also revealed how he gained great comfort knowing Natasha had given a gift of life after her vital organs were donated to three other people.
Liam said: "I was told she was brain-dead and seeing this X-ray was like, wow… but obviously she was on life support and stuff.
“I went in to her and I just told her I loved her. I said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this. You’ve banged your head.
“I don’t know if you can hear me but this is what’s gone down and we are bringing you back to New York and your family and friends will come and that was more or less it.
“She and I had made a pact. If any of us got into a vegetative state we’d pull the plug. So 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.’”
Speaking of his ongoing grief, Liam said: "It hits you. It’s like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability. The earth isn’t stable any more and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes.”
Natasha, the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, fell while taking a ski lesson on a beginners’ slope at the Mont Tremblant resort in Quebec. She had not been wearing a helmet and initially shrugged off her tumble, appearing to be fine and able to talk and act normally.
Paramedics and an ambulance which initially responded to the accident were told they were not needed and left.
Refusing medical attention twice, she returned to her hotel room but about three hours later was taken to a local hospital in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts after complaining of a headache.
She was transferred by ambulance in a critical condition to Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal and was admitted about seven hours after the fall. A day later she was flown to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where she died on March 18, aged 45.
The Taken actor kept his wife on life support for a short time so her family and friends could say goodbye. He, Natasha’s mum and sons Micheal and Daniel had gathered by her bedside when she died.
The New York City medical examiner’s office said she had suffered a blunt trauma to the head, causing massive internal bleeding in the brain.
In such cases, blood from a damaged but still-pumping artery can quickly pool in the skull, creating pressure that must be relieved before irreparable damage is caused.
During his interview with America’s 60 Minutes, Liam said that he took comfort in knowing Natasha was living on in other people after opting to donate her organs.
He said: "We donated three of her organs, so she’s keeping three people alive at the moment. Her heart, her kidneys and her liver. It’s terrific… and I think she would be very thrilled and pleased by that.”
As a tribute to his late mum, Liam and Natasha’s son Michael, 23, changed his name last year so he could "hold his mother close to him".
Micheal’s Oscar-winning grandmother Vanessa Redgrave revealed the news, saying: “He’s taken, officially, the name of his mother.
“He’s Micheal Richardson, not Micheal Neeson.”
Vanessa added to Waitrose Weekend: “That wasn’t because he wanted to avoid his father’s fame, which is enormous.
“He wanted to hold his mother close to him — because she was a remarkable actress."
Irish actor Liam and Natasha married in 1994. As well as Micheal, they also have son Daniel.
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