A year after suffering from an almost-fatal car crash, Tracy Morgan is showing significant signs of progress as he was recently seen walking without a cane. Us reports that the comedian was seen moving around independently on his feet without any help in New Jersey.
The 30 Rock star was still using a cane a few months ago following the June 2014 car crash that left his friend James McNair dead.
"The pain is always gonna be there for Jimmy Mack," he said of McNair during an interview on the Today show. "He 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 just hurts me to see that he's gone."
Though Morgan is actively making advancements in his physical state, he has also been suffering mentally since his limo bus was hit by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike. After reaching a settlement in his lawsuit with Wal-Mart back in May, Morgan sat down for an interview with Today's Matt Lauer last month where he broke down while detailing his emotional struggles since the crash.
"I have my good days and my bad days," he said. "Sometimes, I don't feel well, sometimes emotionally I don't feel well and I'm not ready for crowds of people because I'm really focused on my memory coming back to me, my walking getting better. My balance is still off so I have to really focus on those things before I'm out here."
The comedy icon also shared his battle with depression and being adamant about returning to comedy. "I love comedy," he said. "I wonder how I'm going to be funny again, how I'm going to get to it, remembering my identity, what do I do? The fans let me know, 'We can't wait for you to come back,'... I can't wait to make them laugh again. When I couldn't do it, and I have the audience there, for a long time, that was it for me. It was making people laugh and crack up — then that was taken from me. I guess that's God's way of saying, 'Do you really love it?' So, I love it."
Slow and steady, Tracy! We miss you.
Take a look at Tracy Morgan explaining how he survived the dangerous crash in the BET.com exclusive clip, below:
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