It has been 5 years for the reason that horrific automobile accident that nearly claimed Tracy Morgan‘s life.
On June 7, 2014, the comic was using in a limousine bus when it was struck by a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The crash killed his good friend and collaborator, comic James McNair, 62. Morgan was severely injured and put right into a coma for 2 weeks .
Morgan, 50, commemorated the anniversary of the tragedy Thursday night time on Twitter, writing: “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss my friend Jimmy Mac, who sadly lost his life that night. I love you Jimmy .I thank GOD for my family. I am eternally grateful for the love and support they give me. My wife, daughter, sons, and friends are what got me back on my feet. I live every day trying to do right by them and the most of this second chance.”
Through the years, Morgan has gone into nice element in regards to the repercussions he confronted after that fateful day — and the way it modified him ceaselessly.
“Some days were dark and some days were okay,” the Saturday Evening Stay star stated in his 2017 Netflix particular, Staying Alive.
The comic even admitted he had contemplated suicide throughout his lengthy restoration.
“I suffered some terrible injuries – traumatic brain injury,” he added. “I broke every bone in my face, my ribs. I pulverized my femur. I’m from the ghetto and after I came out the coma I was blind for a week and where I come from you don’t want to be blind for a second. All kinds of s— started coming up missing in my hospital room.”
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After popping out of the coma he was positioned in, he was affected bodily and mentally.
“After the coma I was behaving erratically,” he stated within the Netflix particular. “I was acting really erratically and the doctors told my wife, ‘Mrs. Morgan, that’s the brain trauma.’ And my wife looked at the doctor and said, ‘Nah. Nah. always been crazy. I was hoping the accident was going to fix his crazy brain.’”
The actor handled extreme despair throughout restoration, however his household motivated him to struggle by the darkish days.
“When I was in my wheelchair, my daughter was 14 months old and I got to see her take her first steps,” he stated of Maven, now 5. “That’s important to a man. That inspired me to get out of my wheelchair and I took my first steps. Now me and my daughter walk hand-in-hand for life because we learned how to walk at the same time. That’s magic.”
He additionally discovered inspiration from his fiancé on the time, Megan Wollover, whose pep-talk sooner or later to her husband modified his whole mindset.
“When the accident happened, I got depressed watching my friends like Tina Fey, Kevin Hart, all those people, doing what I loved to do and I started eating a lot of comfort food and I put on a lot of lbs. and one day my wife just got fed up and was looking at me lying on the couch like a beached whale with disgust,” he defined within the particular. “It was like she was counting the stretch marks and she said to me, ‘Why don’t you get off the couch and go to the comedy club and do some comedy?’ … And I jumped up and said, ‘I’m back!’”
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The pair married in 2015, with Morgan acknowledging his new spouse as his strongest assist system by all of it.
“Megan was by my side throughout all of the hard times” he instructed PEOPLE after their marriage ceremony. “She is my rock, and I couldn’t be happier to have her take my last name. We are the Morgans!”
The comic additionally credited the forged of Saturday Evening Stay for serving to him get again on his toes upon his return to work.
“By that cast. I will always be indebted to that cast for inspiring me to go back and be funny,” he instructed Howard Stern in 2016. “They inspired me so much.”
In 2017, Morgan instructed PEOPLE why he didn’t draw back from joking about what occurred when making his Netflix particular.
“I got hit by a truck, it was a great story. So that’s what happened. I had a story to tell,” he stated.
“When anything ever bad happened to me I made it funny and I turned it good,” Morgan added. “This was a bad thing that happened to me. I wanted to tell my story, but I also want to continue my standup career because all the great things that ever happened to me in my life came through standup.”
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Morgan used his comedic expertise to acknowledge the crash all through the years, placing a humorous spin on it.
“I gotta say, it’s an honor to be presenting this award tonight,” he stated on the Display screen Actors Guild Awards in January. “It’s a very prestigious award and can be life-changing, and trust me when I say, as a former winner, if you win this award tonight, and get hit by a Walmart truck, and survive with all your arms and legs, you gonna be set for life.”
He added, “You can trust that.”
Whereas Morgan has since made a full restoration and return to comedy and appearing, he bought into one other, minor automobile accident simply final week in New York Metropolis.
TMZ reported that the comic had simply purchased a 2012 Bugatti Veyron at Manhattan Motorcars when a Honda SUV tried to make a last-minute flip and sideswiped Morgan’s new $2 million automobile.
Morgan was unhurt within the accident, and joked about it on Twitter afterwards.
“Thanks for any concern but I am totally fine. My NEW CAR? We shall see. Love you all,” he tweeted.