Two years following the tragic car accident that placed him in a coma, as well as resulted in the death of his longtime friend, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, comedian Tracy Morgan made an emotional return to the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, following a venue performance.
In a post shared via Instagram before his set, on Friday, Oct. 14, Morgan, 47, can be seen kneeling, while clasping his hands, and bowing his head over an empty chair marked with a gold bow. The caption reads, “Back @ DoverDowns. Miss you Jimmy Mack. Tonight will be magical.”
As previously reported, in June 2014, the morning after a gig at the luxury Delaware venue, Morgan, McNair, and his entourage were traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike in a limousine bus, when a Walmart truck struck their vehicle from behind. The crash, which instantly killed McNair, severely injured Morgan and three other passengers. In May 2015, “The Saturday Night Live” veteran settled a lawsuit against the retailer before returning to the stand-up stage just over a year ago.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, the “30 Rock” alum attended the Creative Arts Emmys, where he was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” According to Morgan, just being nominated meant “everything” following the horrific crash. “I came back from a place that nobody thought I was going to come back from, you know? This is for all the survivors and my boy, Jimmy Mack, [James McNair, who died in the accident] and it means a lot to me,” he told ET at the time. “It really means a lot to me just to be alive. So I’ve transcended show business in that sense. I’m just happy to be alive.”