Tracy Morgan is 'working hard to get well,' his lawyer tells 'People'
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While dozens of cast-members returned to the Saturday Night Live stage for the show’s star-studded 40th anniversary special on Feb. 15, one veteran comic was a no-show: Tracy Morgan.
“Tracy would have loved to have been there, but he just isn’t up for it at this point,” says a source close to production about Morgan, who continues to struggle after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a multi-vehicle highway crash on June 7, 2014.
Although Morgan has been making “slow progress,” his attorney Benedict Morelli tells People, and is being helped by regular physical, speech and cognitive therapy, he isn’t healthy enough to work.
“He’s still struggling with rehab to get better,” Morelli tells People. “He’s working hard to get well.”
In addition to cognitive impairments, Morgan suffered broken bones and facial fractures when a limousine bus carrying the comic and five others was involved in a six-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Police said the accident, which killed 62-year-old comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, was caused by a Walmart truck driver who didn’t see traffic slowing in front of his 18-wheeler until it was too late.
Although Morgan couldn’t take part in the SNL anniversary show, he was there in spirit when Morgan’s 30 Rock co-stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin honored him from the stage.
“I wish my friend Tracy Morgan was here tonight and I know that he was hoping that he was well enough to be here too,” Fey said on-air. Added Baldwin, “See you at the 41st (anniversary), Tracy!”
This article was originally posted by People.