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Tracy Morgan struggled with accident aftermath

Published 01/06/2015

Tracy Morgan
Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan has opened up about the fatal car crash he was involved in last June.

In June last year the comedian was involved in a car accident following a show, which left him in a coma with brain trauma and a broken leg and ribs. His friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed in the accident, which Tracy was told when he regained consciousness two weeks later.

He struggled to cope with the news and immediately sought ways to make it feel more real to him.

"My lady told me, 'We put Jimmy to rest.' I just... I just came out of a coma, so. And then I got home... I would just watch the accident on YouTube, and one day, I came across his funeral on YouTube. And I just... I lost it for about a week," he explained on the Today show this morning. "I had to pay my respects, and that was my way."

Tracy's appearance on TV marks the first time he has spoken out since the accident. The star and several of his friends were travelling in a limousine after a show when it was hit by a Walmart truck, with the company settling a lawsuit with Tracy last week and accepting full responsibility for what happened.

Although that has been some solace to the 46-year-old, he is still finding it difficult to come to terms with what he's been through.

"[Mac] was a close friend of mine, a comrade in comedy. He was a loving man, and he was a warm man. He was a good man. It's just hard for me to see that he's gone," Tracy told host Matt Lauer.

"The case is settled, but the pain is always going to be there for Jimmy Mac. Bones heal, but the loss of my friend will never heal."

Tracy thanked his family for helping him over the last year, explaining they have been with him through his lowest points and tried to raise his spirits. He also thanked his former 30 Rock co-star Tina Fey for her support.

The star doesn't remember the accident, which is part of what makes moving on so hard.

After the crash there were many different reports about Tracy's health, which he suggests was because he was so up and down. He would forget things and suffer headaches and nose bleeds, but now feels like he is improving.

During the emotional interview, in which he cried several times, the star thanked medical staff who had cared for him so well and promised to get back to his day job as quickly as possible.

"I love comedy. I love comedy. I will never stop loving her. I love comedy and I can't wait to get back to her, but right now, my goal is just to heal and get better. Because I'm not 100 per cent yet," he said. "I'm not. And when I'm there, you'll know."

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