Tracy Morgan Critical, Fellow Comic Killed in CrashBy: Kimberly Ripley - June 7, 2014
Tracy Morgan is in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Jersey, as are three of the people who were also in his limo bus following a serious crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. One of his passengers, fellow comic James McNair–often billed as Jimmy Mack–died in the crash. Comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton are among those in critical condition. The six-vehicle pile up occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning after Morgan and his team performed a stand up routine in Delaware on Friday night.
The limo bus that was transporting the former Saturday Night Live cast member and 30 Rock star and his passengers overturned when it was hit by a tractor trailer.
James McNair was 63 years old and lived in Peekskill, New York. He was a close friend of Tracy Morgan as well as one of his writers. He hosted “The Original Uncle Jimmy Mack’s Amateur Hour.”
Tracy Morgan’s publicist issued an official statement to the media following the accident.
“His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care,” Kay said. “We don’t anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available.”
Many people have reached out with prayers and well wishes for Morgan via Twitter.
The New Jersey Turnpike was closed for five hours following the crash as the investigation began. A reconstruction team was brought in because there was a fatality involved.
Tracy Morgan received an Emmy nomination for his role on 30 Rock back in 2009. In addition to SNL and 30 Rock he starred in The Tracy Morgan Show which lasted just one season. He has appeared on the big screen as well, starring in The Longest Yard, Rio, and Why Stop Now, among other films.
In 2010 the actor and comedian was the recipient of a successful kidney transplant that prevented a lifetime of dialysis. Life hasn’t always been easy for Morgan, who has long been estranged from his mother. He started performing as a comic as a means of emotional and financial survival.
Tracy Morgan was married for 23 years to high school sweetheart Sabrina Morgan. They divorced in 2009 and are the parents of three sons. Morgan and fiancee Megan Wollover have a daughter, Maven, who was born last July.
Prayers are likely being said by people from all around the world as Tracy Morgan fights for his life. Prayers are also desperately needed for the loved ones of his friend James McNair–Jimmy Mack, who didn’t survive the horrendous crash.
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