Wed, 24 Oct, 2018
Liam Neeson’s son pays touching tribute to his late mother Natasha Richardson
Liam Neeson’s son Micheál has chosen a touchingly beautiful way to pay tribute to his late mother, Natasha Richardson, nine years after her death.
According to Page Six, Micheál has legally changed his surname from Neeson to Richardson to ensure his mother’s legacy lives on forever.
Known for her extensive acting career, Natasha passed away in 2009, aged 45, after a skiing accident was to blame for a traumatic brain injury.
The couple’s sons, Micheál and Daniel, were 13 and 12 when their mother died unexpectedly.
Fellow actress and Natasha’s mother, Vanessa Redgrave, told the Daily Mail that Micheál’s intention was not to offend his father but to pay tribute to his mother.
“That wasn’t because he wanted to avoid his father’s fame, which is enormous,” she said. “He wanted to hold his mother close to him – because she was a remarkable actress. Absolutely remarkable.”
Natasha Richardson with Micheál (left) and Daniel (right)
An earlier interview dating back to 2015 with Micheál by the Sunday Times revealed that the now 23-year-old tried to hide his emotions as he “pushed it out". The built-up grief then led to unfortunate decisions that he now regrets.
“Things just started going downhill. The people I was with, we were partying a lot. It was dark. I hit rock bottom,” he admitted.
“Everybody said, ‘This kid has lost his mum, that’s where the problem comes from.’ And I was like, ‘No it isn’t, I just like to party.’ But looking back, I realise it was a delayed reaction.”