Since the first time I laid eyes on Tracey Morgan, I could not stop looking and laughing at every gesture, movement and comment that came out of this dude’s mouth, and that was just during a live interview on live TV for a local news station in a city he was performing stand up in. The New York City native, has become much more than the famous stand-up comedian, sketch comic, and actor that has landed him on every major stage, TV and movie screen across the world, but rather, a shining symbol of hope and resilience for those who have followed his recovery from the tragic accident that stunned the entertainment world.
The June 7th, 2014 six-vehicle crash in New Jersey, involving the vehicle that Morgan and his friends were traveling in and a tractor-trailer operated by Walmart, that not only left Morgan critically injured and in a coma, it also took the life of Morgan’s friend and collaborator, 62-year-old comedian James McNair. It took months of both physical and mental recovery before Tracey was able to share his story, and Walmart ultimately settled the lawsuit with an undisclosed amount.
Despite his long road to recovery, Morgan maintained his great sense of humour, when he took the stage at Sunday’s 67th Emmy Awards to the surprise and pure elation of the crowd of celebrities and fans alike, who have missed his presence. Morgan presented the the award for outstanding drama series and spoke of recovering from the traumatic brain injury. Even through his speech, the glimmer that made him the star and funny man he has become was apparent, and the anticipation to see more of him in his splendor on stage and on the screen.
Welcome back Mr. Morgan, you have been missed.
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