Tracy Morgan Vows to Make People Laugh Again After Accident That Claimed Friend
Tracy Morgan is vowing to make a comeback after the tragic accident that took the life of his friend, comedian James McNair, known as Uncle Mack. Tracy was traveling from a stand-up gig in his chauffeured limousine tour bus when he was rammed by a tractor trailer owned by Walmart. There were five passengers total in the bus. Uncle Mack was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tracy made his first public appearance in an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show. In a tearful appearance he said he does not remember the crash. He only remembers waking up in the hospital. Speaking of the loss of his friend, Tracy said, “Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal.”
Tracy settled his lawsuit against Walmart last week. The amount has not been released though Tracy said, “Walmart stepped up to the plate in a tremendous way. They took full responsibility.” Still, it does not take away from what happened, and the comedian said, “The case has been settled, but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mac.
Tracy was in critical condition suffering severe injuries in the June 2014 fatal crash. He suffered a broken leg, broken ribs and severe brain trauma. Initially there were worries that Tracy Morgan known for his outrageous comedy would never be the same.
Tracy seemed to also be in disbelief at times during his sit-down with Lauer often getting overcome with emotion. At one point he told Lauer, “I can’t believe I’m here. I can’t believe I’m in front of you.” Obviously touched by the enormity of what he has overcome, he said, “I can’t believe I’m just here, and just seeing the tragedy that happened.It touches me.”
He did not learn of McNair’s death until he was out of a coma, two weeks after the crash. The full impact did not hit him until later when he was home watching videos of the accident and his friend’s funeral.
He was seated during the interview but holding a cane. He spoke about having “good days and my bad days, where I forget things.” He said that he gets headaches and nosebleeds at times and tries not to let his fiancee know because he doesn’t want her to worry.
Tracy expressed gratitude to the medical staff that cared for him, his family, and friends like 30 Rock co-star, Tina Fey. Their support helped him with him saying, “I’ve been down. They keep my spirits up.”
While he still has far to go in terms of his recovery he vowed to return to comedy saying, “I love comedy. I’ll never stop loving her,” adding that he has a lot of healing to do but promising, “when I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh.”