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LIAM'S LAST GOODBYE; Tears as Neeson buries ski tragedy wife Natasha.

Byline: BY MATT WILLIAMS IN NEW YORK

HEARTBROKEN Liam Neeson paid a tearful farewell yesterday to actress wife Natasha Richardson.

Dressed in a dark suit and sunglasses, he was among the pall-bearers who carried his wife's coffin into the tiny church.

The ceremony took place at St Peter's Episcopal Church, Millbrook, in upstate New York, near where Richardson shared a home with her husband and their two children.

The Ballymena-born star arrived for the ceremony with his sons Micheal, 13, and 12-year-old Daniel, mother-in-law Vanessa Redgrave and sister-in-law Joely Richardson.

Also among the mourners were actors Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman and Laura Linney. Burial was in a nearby cemetery. Natasha died in a hospital in New York on Wednesday after suffering a head injury during a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada.

The 45-year-old fell during a lesson at the luxury Mont Tremblant resort.

A medical examiner later confirmed death was due to a blunt impact to the head.

The actress' body was moved to Millbrook, around 90 miles north of New York, yesterday following a private wake at which Neeson mourned alongside family and friends including Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes.

He also attended a dimming of the lights in Broadway in tribute to the stage and screen actress.

In preparation for yesterday's funeral, Natasha's coffin was driven to the couple's Hudson Valley farmhouse early on Saturday, emblazoned with an Irish claddagh symbol.

The couple married in their secluded Millbrook home in 1994.

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ANGUISH Liam Neeson comforts mother-in-law Vanessa Redgrave yesterday; SOMBRE Pall-bearers carry coffin to graveyard in upstate New York; SAD FAREWELL Neeson arrives for service with sons Daniel, Micheal, and sister-in-law Joely; PAL Timothy Dalton; MOURNER Uma Thurman; TRAGIC Natasha; FRIEND Ralph Fiennes; SORROW Alan Rickman
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2009
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