Tracy Morgan Dedicates Emmy Nomination to the Friend He Lost in Fatal 2014 Car Crash

BY CHRISTINA DUGAN

 @Christina_Dugan

Tracy Morgan could not be more grateful. 

After the comedian received a 2016 Emmy Award nomination for an outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for the Saturday Night Live episode he hosted last October, Morgan was quick to share his thoughts. 

"I am just so happy and want to share this with so many people and am nominated with some extraordinary company," Morgan, 47, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. "I love you guys. I just want to thank everyone who helped me and my family after that horrific night and the months after – Lorne [Michaels] and everyone at SNL for having me come home, the doctors at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital who saved my life, the staff at JFK Medical Center who got me back on my feet, the first responders who helped me and my friends that fateful night, my AMAZING wife and kids, Lira, who helped my wife, and my father, who is looking down on me right now." 
 

He added, "I feel like Cuba [Gooding Jr.] at the end of Jerry Maguire! But most importantly … this is for you Jimmy Mac. I love you. Thank you to everyone who made this possible."

A little more than two years ago, Morgan was involved in a fatal car crash that left him with severe brain injuries and a broken leg. Among the passengers was good friend James McNair (also known as Jimmy Mac), who died. 

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Morgan admitted that he had onceconsidered suicide during his recovery process. 

"My thoughts – I was in a very dark place. I was sitting right here, contemplating suicide. I couldn't walk," Morgan said of his time spent bedridden. 

He added, "Emotionally, it's hard for me to deal with. I asked everybody to be there that night. I have to live with that. But I had to forgive myself. I know Jimmy would want it like that." 

After a long recovery, Morgan returned to SNL with some help from his former colleagues from 30 Rock

"I was in a terrible car accident more than a year ago. It was awful, but it also showed me how much love and support I have in this world," Morgan said during the show. "People are wondering, 'Can he speak? Does he have 100 percent mental capacity?' The truth is, I never did. I might even be a few points higher." 

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, are airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 18.