Liam Neeson’s son Micheal talks about losing his mom

By Tribute on March 17, 2015 | 2 Comments

Natasha Richardson and Liam Neeson in 2008Approaching the sixth anniversary of his mother Natasha Richardson‘s death, Micheál Neeson, 19, says he “hit rock bottom.”

On March 16, 2009, Natasha suffered a fall while taking a beginner skiing lesson at Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec. After refusing hospitalization, she began having headaches. Natasha died on March 18, 2009, from an epidural hematoma, which causes blood to build up between the skull and the dura mater – the thick membrane covering the brain. She was 45.

Micheál, who was 13 at the time, says he didn’t handle it well and started making questionable decisions.

“In my mind, subconciously, I either pushed it out or stored it deep inside. And so, within the next week I was like, ‘OK, on with my life,'” he said. “I was going out, partying a lot, looking for self-gratification. I wanted to be the man, doing these drugs.”

In the spring of last year, he realized he had to do something about it and credits his brother, Daniel and father, Liam Neeson, for helping him. Micheál has since been in rehab and is now the owner of a fashion gallery in London.

“I couldn’t leave my house,” he recalled. “I was unmotivated, couldn’t wake up in the morning. It was dark. I hit rock bottom and couldn’t do anything.”

Micheál added that he has always been more like his mother, which may have been a factor in his delayed reaction to dealing with her death. He also notes that not having a mother figure shifted the family balance.

“I am definitely similar to her – into the social side of life, love my friends,” Micheál said. “She never vocalized it, but I know my mom liked the idea of me becoming an actor. She would have thought that was cool.” ~Sandra D. Sukraj


Comments & Discussion

  1. Janice • March 18, 2015 @ 9:35 PM

    I feel so bad about his mom’s death, and I always wondered how the boys coped with it. Sounds like he’s on a good path now. Thanks for the update Tribute!

  2. Deborah S • December 31, 2019 @ 1:41 PM

    Micheal, please let your Dad know that I am ready to start doing my readings, again. I promised him that I would come back around, it has taken 10 years of my life to get to this point. But I am no quitter. He knows where to find to me. Also the events of 2020 – 2030 will no doubt be of interest to him also, please keep Ralph away from me. I have nothing for him. EVER.

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