By Lisa Respers France
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Things are going really well for Tracy Morgan now, but there was a time when he almost gave up.
The “30 Rock” star told Rolling Stone that he considered suicide after a 2014 car accident that left him hospitalized and killed comedian James McNair.
A Walmart tractor-trailer rear-ended Morgan’s limo bus on the New Jersey Turnpike; also aboard were McNair and comedian Ardley Fuqua, who was also injured.
Morgan suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple broken bones. He was in a coma for eight days and was blind for six days.
“My thoughts — I was in a very dark place,” he said. “I was sitting right here, contemplating suicide. I couldn’t walk.”
Morgan said he has struggled with guilt since the accident: guilt that he survived and that his friend McNair, who as a comic was known as “Uncle Jimmy Mack,” didn’t.
“Emotionally, it’s hard for me to deal with,” he said. “I asked everybody to be there that night. I have to live with that. But I had to forgive myself. I know Jimmy would want it like that.”
Now back to working, Morgan is playing a series of sold-out standup shows and said it just wasn’t his time to go.
“I still have (expletive) here to do,” he said. “It’s gonna take more than 18 wheels for me to get out of here.”
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