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Neeson Director 'Devastated' by Richardson Tragedy

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Mar 19, 2009 | 9:10pm EDT

The director of the movie Liam Neeson abandoned to be at his late wife's bedside has spoken out about the family tragedy, revealing he's "devastated."

Neeson quit the production of Chloe in Toronto on Monday after learning his wife Natasha Richardson had been hospitalized in Montreal following a fall during a skiing lesson.

The Irish actor then flew his dying wife to New York, where he was joined by family members and close friends at the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Richardson passed away on Wednesday.

Moviemaker Atom Egoyan, who was working with Neeson on Chloe, when the actor first heard his wife was in a critical condition, admits he's still coming to terms with the tragedy.

He says, "I had the opportunity to meet Natasha at the opening of the play I did with Liam in New York last year. Her intense pride and affection for her husband was so clear, as was his passion and love for her. I'm so devastated for Liam's loss."

The producers of Chloe plan to reschedule shooting to accommodate Neeson as he makes funeral arrangements and spends time with his family.

A statement reads: "The entire cast and crew of Chloe are bereft. Our hearts go out to Liam and his family at this difficult time.

"Chloe will continue with its production schedule, focusing on scenes which feature other cast members. There are some scenes with Liam Neeson which have not been completed; however, we do not feel this is the time to address that matter. Our concern is for Liam and his family at this difficult time."

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