As if the weekend crash involving Tracy Morgan weren’t awful enough on its own, there may have been some family drama surrounding the comic’s hospitalization as well.
Alicia Warden, Morgan’s estranged mother, told TMZ on Tuesday that her son’s fiancee, Megan Wollover, had turned her away from his hospital room on Saturday. Warden told the site she’d learned about the early-morning accident from TV news.
She said she was allowed in for about five minutes Sunday when Morgan, 45, was unconscious. “I wanted to pray over him and couldn’t do that because so many people were in the room,” she told TMZ.
Discord between mother and son is not new: Morgan said in 2012 that he hadn’t seen his mother in 11 years. At the time, Warden had alleged to the New York Daily News that she was facing foreclosure over a $25,000 debt and was getting no help from her successful son.
In a statement issued at the time, the “SNL” and “30 Rock” alum blamed the rift on “reasons that are between us,” adding that, “We all have personal family issues that we have to deal with in life, but I choose to deal with mine in private and not through the media.”
On Saturday, Morgan, his assistant Jeffrey Millea and fellow comic Ardie Fuqua were critically injured and comic James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed when a semi hit their chauffered Mercedes van, flipping it and setting off a chain reaction that involved several other vehicles. They were coming home from a Friday-night gig at a casino in Delaware.
“My [heart] goes out to all the family and friends that were also in the car accident along with my fiancé #TracyMorgan. Pls pray4 full recoveries,” Wollover tweeted Monday.
On Facebook, she thanked fans for their “outpour of support,” wished well for Millea and Fuqua and expressed sadness over McNair’s death. "[Y]ou will truly be missed,” she wrote. “You have always been someone very special to Tracy and all of us, and the world will not be the same without you.”
Morgan suffered a broken leg, broken nose and several broken ribs in the 1 a.m. Saturday wreck and according to his rep is expected to be in the hospital for “several weeks.” Rumors circulating Monday that his leg might have to be amputated were labeled “completely fabricated” by his rep in a statement to Gossip Cop.
The statement also noted that Wollover was “respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating (mostly inaccurately) on his condition.” He’s being cared for at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.
Kevin Roper, the 35-year-old driver of the Walmart tractor-trailer rig, turned himself in to New Jersey authorities Saturday and was released on $50,000 bail. He’s been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.
The New Jersey State Police on Tuesday released a recording of a series of 911 calls reporting the turnpike crash. A criminal complaint has suggested Roper may have been awake for more than 24 hours before the accident, according to Nation Now.
Also Tuesday, FX Networks and FX Productions said that Morgan’s as-yet-untitled half-hour comedy show for the start-up FXX network would be “waiting for him” when he’s ready, Show Tracker reported. The show was scheduled to start production in August and begin airing in January.