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Tracy Morgan heads home, files suit in crash

  • Actor & comedian was released from rehab center this weekend
  • The deadly New Jersey Turnpike wreck left Morgan seriously injured
  • He is suing Walmart for negligence over last month's crash

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehab center and will continue to recover at home, HLN learned Saturday afternoon.

Morgan "asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point," said his rep Lewis Kay in a statement obtained by CNN's Carolyn Sung. "He would also appreciate some privacy during this crucial point in his recovery," Kay said.

Morgan is suing Walmart over last month's deadly limo crash that left him critically injured.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey. It claims that Walmart was negligent because its tractor-trailer driver blamed in the June 7 accident had been awake for more than 24 hours. The driver allegedly fell asleep at the wheel while commuting 700 miles from Georgia to Delaware, according to USA Today.

The wreck killed comedian James McNair and severely injured several other passengers in the limo. The truck driver has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault charges.

Walmart released a statement saying:

“This has been a terrible tragedy. We wish Mr. Morgan, Mr. Fuqua Jr., and Mr. Millea full recoveries. Our thoughts continue to go out to them, their families and friends, as well as to the families and friends of everyone involved, including Mr. McNair who lost his life. We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved. As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved.”

Morgan is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a jury trial.

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