Liam Neeson and his late wife Natasha Richardson have been seen together in a bittersweet throwback photo shared by her sister Joely Richardson.
Natasha was married to Liam for 15 years before she died in 2009 from an epidural hematoma (brain bleed) following a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada.
Joely said the black-and-white photo had flashed up on her phone as she fondly remembered her sibling, who was just 45 when she died.
Alongside the photo, posted in the run-up to Christmas, actor Joely wrote on Instagram: ‘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” – I smiled broadly. My phone just sent it to me as a memory. Tash in all her glory.’
Many of her famous friends were quick to share kind messages, with Zoe Ball, Richard E Grant and Julianne Moore all leaving heart emoji beneath the snap.
Others commented on the poignant nature of the picture, with one Instagrammer noting: ‘That was her letting you know she is with you’ and another adding: ‘It was her little “hello”.’
On the 10th anniversary of her sister’s death, Joely spoke to MailOnline about dealing with grief and finding perspective after such a devastating loss.
She shared: ‘In terms of that horrific pain and inability to see that life will ever be the same again – yes, that does end. Do you get over grief? Absolutely you do – with love. Is there joy? Absolutely.
‘But in those early days I never thought grief would end. In my case, it took quite a period of time. Those first five years… grief is just very shocking. I still miss her every single day.’
The screen star went on: ‘I feel funny talking about it because I’m aware just how many people in the world have lost loved ones, lost family.
‘Everyone goes through it, just at different times of our lives. And it even seems strange calling this “my loss” because it was my whole family’s loss – my sister’s boys’ loss… it was like a big explosion.’
Joely was of course referring to the two sons Natasha shared with Liam – actor Micheál, 27, and fashion designer Daniel, 26.
Although the Taken actor mostly dealt with the loss of his wife privately, he did open up about Natasha’s death in 2014 when speaking to Anderson Cooper for a CBS special.
‘She was on life support… I went in to her and I told her I loved her. I said, “Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this, you’ve banged your head”,’ shared Liam.
‘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”.’
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