Comedian James McNair, best-known by his stage name, Jimmy Mack, has died following the New Jersey bus crash that also injured actor Tracy Morgan and others. McNair was 63.
According to the Associated Press, authorities pronounced McNair dead at the scene of the multi-vehicle accident early on Saturday (June 7). Morgan and three others from the limo bus were taken to the hospital and remain in critical condition.
McNair, a comedian and comedy writer who hosted “The Original Uncle Jimmy Mack’s Amateur Hour,” was a close friend of Morgan’s who had written for the “30 Rock” star. He and Morgan were in the bus with two other comedians, Harris Stanton and Ardie Fuqua, when the crash occurred. McNair resided in Peekskill, New York.
As for Morgan and the others, they remain in critical condition, per a statement released by Morgan’s publicist on Saturday morning:
“Tracy remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. He sustained these injuries in an accident that occurred early this morning as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware. His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care. We don’t anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available.”