Liam Neeson's nephew dies 5 years after injuring head in 20-foot fall on a night out with friends
Ronan Sexton, who passed away last weekend, around five years after he suffered major head injuries from falling from a phone booth in a prank gone wrong.
Actor Liam Neeson is facing another death in the family, ten years after his wife Natasha Richardson passed away in 2009 following a tragic ski accident.
This time the actor is bearing the loss of of his 35-year-old nephew, Ronan Sexton, who passed away last weekend, around five years after he suffered major head injuries from falling from a phonebooth in a prank gone wrong.
Sexton was the youngest of six children of Liam's sister Bernadette Sexton, and at the time of his death was surrounded by his family in Cushendall in Northen Ireland.
Liam is believed to be devastated by his nephew's death and is going back and forth to the UK to meet his mother and his sisters.
According to reports, Sexton, a musician, had been partying with some friends in Brighton in 2014 and decided to climb up on the phone kiosk on Brighton pier on a drunken dare.
Unfortunately, he slipped and fell 20 feet below onto a concrete subway and sustained major head injuries.
He was immediately rushed to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and was in critical condition before he was transferred to the Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath in West Sussex.
At the time of his fall, a policeman shared, "Just after 4 am on Sunday a man climbed on top of a telephone kiosk outside Brighton Pier when he fell some 20ft to the ground, sustaining a serious head injury."
At the time, his family also released a statement which read, "Ronan is receiving wonderful treatment from the dedicated staff at Hurstwood Park' and thanked the public for their outpouring of 'love, support, prayers and good wishes for Ronan."
The family has been through some very difficult times recently, with Sexon's mother losing her partner, Harry Shannon, around two years ago.
In 2017, Liam opened up about the death of his wife in an interview with RTE and said he threw himself into work to cope with the loss.
"I'm not good without work. 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," he shared. "It hits you, it's like a wave. You just get this profound feeling of instability... The Earth isn't stable anymore and then it passes and it becomes more infrequent, but I still get it sometimes."
"[Her death] was never real. It still kind of isn't. There are periods now in our New York residence when I hear the door opening, especially the first couple of years... Any time I hear that door opening, I still think I'm going to hear her," he continued.