Liam Neeson nearly died in 2000 when his ’89 Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a deer near his home in Upstate New York. According to the New York Post, “The 48-year-old Neeson, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in a dirt embankment just before the bike crashed into a tree.” A passerby noticed the actor, who had reportedly “managed to crawl his way” to the roadside. Neeson supposedly asked “for a ride home,” but the witness could see he needed medical help.
“I wasn’t supposed to last the night,” Neeson told GQ in 2014. He recovered from his injuries, only to face a new battle. “…when they took me to the hospital and gave me morphine, ugh, I thought, ‘This is how I want to go, with a big f***in’ jar of this stuff.’ And then when they give you that drip that you give yourself every six minutes … I knew I was hooked, because I was counting those fucking drips, the seconds until I could push that button, and it was instantaneous, that high was.”
Neeson overcame that struggle as well but admits that “f***ing drugs” fuel his fears for his own children. “It’s a virus. A teenager can take it and suddenly they can be hooked, and it changes their life and their family’s forever. That’s my constant worry.”