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Liam Neeson’s Nephew Dead, 10 Years After Passing Of Wife Natasha Richardson

The actor is facing yet another heartbreak.

Liam Neeson's Nephew Dead 10 Years After Natasha's Passing
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Liam Neeson is suffering another heartbreak. The A-lister lost his wife, Natasha Richardson, 10 years ago in a horrific ski accident, and now he’s dealing with the death of his nephew Ronan Sexton.

According to Belfast Telegraph, the 35-year-old died this past weekend in Cushendall, Ireland, just five years after he suffered a serious injury as a result of falling from a telephone kiosk during a night out with friends. Back in June 2014, he lost his balance on a telephone box and fell 20 feet to the ground — and never fully recovered from the devastating incident that left him in the hospital with head injuries.

Neeson, 66, has yet to speak out on the passing of his sister Bernadette’s youngest son, but with it being a decade since his wife’s death, we imagine he’s grieving even more. Back in 2009 at age 45, Richardson died when she hit her head during a ski lesson in Canada.

After her untimely death, Neeson distracted himself with a myriad of acting roles, primarily to set an example for their two sons, Micheál and Daniel, who were just 13 and 12 when their mother died.

“I’m not good without work,” he previously told 60 Minutes. “I just don’t – I just don’t wallow too much. You know? And I just didn’t want to – especially for my boys – seem to be wallowing in sadness or depression.”

When she first passed, he also admitted he turned to alcohol to ease the pain. “I was drinking too much. It started since my wife died,” Liam, who quit booze, told GQ in April 2014.

Two years later, in April 2016, a source told Closer Weekly that “it was and continues to be a heartbreaking experience for them, but they’ve managed to do their best.”

Their son Micheál recently adopted his mom’s last name to keep her memory alive. “That wasn’t because he wanted to avoid his father’s fame, which is enormous,” Micheál’s grandmother Vanessa told Daily Mail in October 2018. “He wanted to hold his mother close to him — because she was a remarkable actress. Absolutely remarkable.”