Tracy Morgan Speaks For The First Time Since Deadly Car Crash

by
Indrani Sengupta
He'll make his comeback, he promises. Tracy Morgan spoke out for the first time since the car crash of June 7th 2014 that claimed the life of his friend, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, and almost took his own.

In An exclusive interview with Today’s Matt Lauer, Morgan said that he will never recover fully from the crash.

"[McNair] was a close friend of mine, a comrade in comedy. He was a loving man, and he was a good man."

"Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal."

Almost a year ago to the day, while driving home from a performance, Morgan’s limousine was rear-ended by a Walmart truck. Morgan incurred a severe brain injury, as well as a broken leg and several broken ribs. McNair was killed. Two other passengers were seriously injured.

Tracy Morgan

Cane in hand and visibly emotional, Morgan spoke:

"I can't believe I'm here. I can't believe I'm in front of you. I can't believe I'm just here, and just seeing the tragedy that happened. It touches me."

He says that he doesn’t remember the accident. His first memory, thankfully, is that of his fiancé (Megan Wollover) and son, who were by his side when he woke up after the accident.

He took a moment to thank his family and friends, including former “30 Rock” co-star Tina Fey.

“I’ve been down. They keep my spirits up.”

He also thanked JFK Hospital, where he is still being treated. He specifically called out “Nurse Jackie,” whom he remembers for her tremendous patience and compassion.

“I would curse out every day, I’d throw things at [Jackie], and the only thing she’d say me was everything was going to be all right.”

Though Morgan is still recovering, he insists he will return to the stage someday.

“I love comedy. I’ll never stop loving her. I can’t wait to get back to her, but right now my goal is just to heal and get better ‘cause I’m not 100% yet.”

 “When I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh, I promise you.”

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