The tight-knit community of stand-up comedians is reeling after a multi-vehicle crash left three people, including Tracy Morgan, in critical care and one long-time comedy writer dead.
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The group was on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, returning from a comedy show in Delaware, when they were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Many comedians -- including Judah Freidlander, Sarah Silverman and Bobby Lee -- took to social media to wish the injured a speedy recovery and grieve the one comedian killed in the accident.
While Morgan, formerly of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock," was the biggest star involved in the crash, others injured or killed were long time members of the comedy and entertainment community.
The veteran stand-up comedian from Jersey City, N.J., was opening for Tracy Morgan the night before the crash. Fuqua had spent years in the business and often posted photos of himself with fans and other comedians he admired.
Fuqua, 43, often used social media to reach out and connect with fans. While he often used sites like Twitter and Facebook to promote shows, he has also reached out to fans on more serious matters. After Fuqua's son died in a car accident in 2012, he reached out to others who experienced a similar loss.
On Christmas Eve in 2012 he wrote, "For all those depressed & struggling just to survive another minute this holiday season. Just know that I understand your pain & if you want to inbox me to vent or talk, Im available."
Fuqua was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
James "Uncle Jimmy Mack" McNair
McNair, 63, was a longtime writer for Morgan and a comedian as well.
McNair of Peeskill, N.Y., had his own show in his hometown called "Uncle Jimmy Mack's Amateur Hour," which featured up and coming comedians. According to The Journal News and Lohud.com, which reports on the lower Hudson Valley in New York, residents in McNair's hometown said he was close to Morgan.
"Him and Tracy stayed really close," Glenn Cook, 56, of Peekskill, who was good friends with McNair told Lohud.com. "When Tracy calls, (McNair) drops everything and goes."
McNair, 63, was reported to have died at the scene of the multi-vehicle car crash.
The comedian has previously worked at the famed Caroline Comedy Club and Gotham Comedy Club during his decade-long career as a professional comedian. The Brooklyn-based comedian was on tour with Morgan for his "Turn It Funny" Tour.
According to his biography on the Caroline Comedy Club website, Stanton is a former Major League Baseball draft pick originally from South Carolina and who performs at colleges and clubs across the country.
Stanton was treated and released from the hospital with minor injuries.
The 36-year-old from Shelton, Conn., was said to be Morgan's assistant. According to information from the International Film Database, Millea worked periodically as a production assistant on various films including "Hope Springs," "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "Righteous Kill."
According to police, Millea was airlifted to the hospital after the accident. He was listed in critical condition.