Comedian Ardie Fuqua, who was severely injured in a car crash that also injured TV star Tracy Morgan and killed James McNair, is no longer in critical condition. Fellow Comedy Cellar emcee Wil Sylvince posted on Facebook:
To all who’s concerned about Ardie Fuqua, he’s doing a lot better but still has a long way to fully recover. He’s finally in a rehabilitation hospital and out of intensive care. He’s breathing on his own, talking, joking, and smiling. Thank you so far for all your prayers, thoughts and everything else.
Fuqua, 43, has been in critical condition ever since a Walmart semi-truck crashed into the limo van he was riding back home in on June 7 from a gig with Morgan, James McNair, Harris Stanton and Morgan’s assistant. He suffered a broken leg and will also be treated for brain trauma as pat of his daily physical therapy. “He’s improving every day,” Ardie’s mother Doris Fuqua said. “We still ask the public for their prayers, hoping everything will fall back into place.”
Many comedians have expressed their overwhelming support for the New York favorite. Friend Amy Schumer started a GoFundMe page to help his family with medical bills and to get by while he can’t perform. The effort has far surpassed its goal and has raised over $53,000 as of today.
The Wegman Parkway Block Association will hold a prayer vigil for the Jersey City native tonight in his neighborhood on Wegman Parkway between Ocean and Garfield avenues from 6 to 7pm. Trees on the block will be adorned with green and black ribbons. The vigil will be led by the leader of the family’s church, Rev. Dorothy Patterson. Comedian McNair died from the crash.