Tracy Morgan Reveals He Contemplated Suicide After Near Fatal Car Accident

by Jackie Willis 7:00 AM PDT, March 25, 2016
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Tracy Morgan says his near-death experience has only made him funnier.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Saturday Night Live alum recalls the car accident in June 2014 that put him in a coma and the dark days that followed when he woke up over a week later. Morgan says he worried that he might never be able to do comedy again.

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"I said, 'If my funny ever went away, I'd die,'" he tells the magazine while at his New Jersey home. "And I thought I was going to die for a long time. My thoughts -- I was in a very dark place. I was sitting right here, contemplating suicide. I couldn't walk."

That being said, Morgan doesn't feel it was his time to die and thinks his late father, Jimmy Morgan, had something to do with that. "He was the one who said, 'Go home, son. I ain't ready for you yet,' " the 30 Rock star explains. "I don't think I cheated death. I think this was the plan. My room wasn't ready."

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He also quips that while in a coma, he snagged some additional jokes from a late comedic legend. "Maybe when I was in heaven, Richard Pryor said something to me," he quips. "I feel funnier than I ever felt."

In an interview with ET, Morgan also expressed how grateful he is to be alive. "It just lets me know it's going to take more than 18 wheels to take the gift that God gave me," Morgan said. "He still got something for me to do, and that's how I'm taking it. I mean people laughing for me, that means it's going to take more than 18 wheels."