The family of comedian Tracy Morgan is denying media speculation that his leg might have to be amputated as a result of the chain-reaction car crash that sent him to the hospital in critical condition early Saturday.
Morgan’s family confirmed Monday afternoon that the “30 Rock” star remains in critical but stable condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. He had surgery on Sunday for a broken leg, one of many injuries he suffered after the SUV limo he was riding in was struck from behind by a truck driver who police say dozed off at the wheel around 1 a.m. ET on Saturday.
One of the seven people in Morgan’s vehicle was killed in the crash, comedian Jimmy McNair, while Morgan and three others were severely injured. Morgan’s injuries also included a broken nose, broken ribs and a broken femur.
The truck driver, Kevin Roper, has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Through his PR rep, Morgan’s fiance, Megan Wollover, asked that media speculation about Morgan’s condition and recovery prospects be tempered.
“The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating (mostly inaccurately) on his condition. Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated,” the statement said. “As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg. We are working closely with the incredible staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to share information when it is available. This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time.”
One of the many questions raised by Morgan’s severe injuries is the fate of the comedy project he was working on for FXX. The cabler gave a 10-episode order to an untitled vehicle to star Morgan that was to be shepherded by the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” trio of Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day. The show was tentatively slated to debut in January, but it is not believed to have started production.