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Liam Neeson talks losing wife Natasha Richardson with Anderson Cooper

Liam Neeson lost his wife Natasha Richardson five years ago when she hit her head during a skiing accident. The "Love Actually" star sat down with Anderson Cooper to talk about what happens and how he feels for an upcoming "60 Minutes" segment while Us magazine on Feb 21 gave insight into this difficult interview through a preview as seen in the video above.

Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson
Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson
Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson
Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

By way of background, Liam Neeson's spouse had been skiing at Quebec's Mont Treblant near Montreal and suffered a head injury that put her on life support. At the time of the crash, Natasha refused help twice and that help may very well have saved her since this kind of trauma is said to be better off treated as soon as possible.

Sadly, this was not to be. Neeson was on a Toronto film set when the accident happened and he rushed to her side as quickly as possible. The next day, the two were flown to New York where Natasha Richardson was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital. Her death was announcement on Wednesday evening.

Liam Neeson told Anderson Cooper that he and Natasha had "made a pact." The married couple decided that if either would end up in "a vegetative state that we'd pull the plug."

And so, with a heavy heart, that's what happened as the 61-year-old actor said goodbye to his wife of 15 years.

The good that came out of this tragedy is that Tony-award winner Natasha Richardson's organs were donated to three strangers. "She's keeping three people alive at the moment," said Neeson.

He added that her heart, her kidneys and her liver are all being used in other bodies.

Liam Neeson thinks this is "terrific" and he also thinks Natasha Richardson "would be very thrilled and pleased by that."

See the Liam Neeson interview with Anderson Cooper on "60 Minutes" on Feb. 23.