In a tragic turn of events, Liam Neeson’s nephew has died from head injuries he sustained during a fall five years ago — similar to how Neeson’s late wife, actress Natasha Richardson, died in 2009.
Ronan Sexton died over the weekend in Cushendall, Northern Ireland, according The Belfast Telegraph, a local outlet. He was 35 years old.
His death comes five years after he fell 20 feet off of a phone booth in England during a late night out with friends, People reports. Sexton, who was 31 at the time, was transported to a local hospital after the fall, where he was in critical condition before getting transferred to a specialist neurological center for more extensive treatment. Police did not suspect foul play or any other nefarious circumstances in relation to Sexton’s fall, the outlet reported.
Sexton was the youngest son of Neeson's sister Bernadette, The Belfast Telegraph reports. Luke McWilliams, the family's parish priest, told the outlet that they've asked for their privacy to be respected as they mourn their loss.
Neeson, 66, has not yet commented publicly on his nephew’s passing.
Neeson’s late wife Richardson died in 2009 at the age of 45, days after she fell during a ski lesson at the Mont Tremblant ski resort in Quebec. Her official cause of death was later listed as epidural hematoma stemming from blunt impact to the head. The couple had been married for 15 years and shared two children.
Five years after Richardson’s passing, Neeson addressed her accident publicly for the first time, recalling how he first got the news, People reports.
“I spoke to her and she said, ‘Oh darling. I’ve taken a tumble in the snow.’ That’s how she described it,” he said.
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