‘The pain is always going to be there’: Tearful Tracy Morgan gives first interview since deadly crash

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TRENTON, N.J. — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was very emotional in his first interview since a deadly crash that left him in a coma and that killed his close friend.

Morgan appeared on the “Today” show, sitting down with Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview Monday, nearly a year after the crash.

On June 7, 2014, a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and three others last June. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed. Two of Morgan’s friends were seriously injured, and Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs.

Morgan is still recovering.

Just last week, Morgan settled a lawsuit against Wal-Mart over the crash.

“I know my friend can rest in peace now,” said Morgan.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Monday, Morgan thanked all of his friends for their support during the ordeal.

“The case is settled, but the pain is always going to be there,” Morgan said. “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.”

Morgan says that he doesn’t remember the crash. He was in a coma for about two weeks. When he woke up, he was told about McNair and watched the accident on YouTube. He also watched his friend’s funeral.

“I just…lost it for about a week,” said Morgan.

Morgan, who appeared on the Today show with a cane, pointed out scars on his head from the crash and has “good days and bad days.” He says he frequently gets headaches and nose bleeds.

Morgan says he loves comedy and wants to get back to it after he heals from his injuries.

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