After Tracy Morgan’s accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that nearly killed him, the comedian tells Rolling Stone he thought about ending his life.
“I thought I was going to die for a long time,” said the “Saturday Night Live” alum. “My thoughts – I was in a very dark place. I was sitting right here, contemplating suicide. I couldn’t walk.”
In 2014, an 18-wheeler hit the back of Morgan’s limo and left the comedian critically injured. Along with a severe brain injury, he was left with a broken leg, nose and ribs.
“We really kind of thought he wasn’t going to make it,” said his wife, Megan Wollover.
Morgan was in a coma for eight days and when he woke up, he was left blind for six days.
During the coma, the former “30 Rock” star said he got a visit from his father, Jimmy Morgan, who died when the actor was 19. “He was the one who said, ‘Go home, son. I ain’t ready for you yet,’ ” said Morgan. “I don’t think I cheated death. I think this was the plan.”
According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Morgan’s friend, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, died in the crash and five others were also injured. The truck driver, Kevin Roper, was later charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and eight counts of aggravated assault.
Variety reports that Morgan’s will to heal was fueled by comedy, but he also wanted to be able to walk his then-fiance “down the isle with no cane.”
Since the accident, Morgan has made a full recovery. He made his first public appearance at the Emmy Awards last year, a ceremony honoring achievements in television. He also hosted the 41st season of “SNL,” which found him reunited with his “30 Rock” co-stars. Morgan – along with Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer, created a spoof of their now-canceled NBC series, which ended in 2013. It featured an episode that “predicted” the fatal accident.