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Comedic actor Tracy Morgan, known for his unpredictable antics, got his big break on Saturday Night Live. His 30 Rock character was loosely based on his over-the-top personality.
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Although his career has been a successful one, the road to fame was not always smooth for Morgan himself. Morgan was diagnosed with diabetes in the 1990s. He also developed a drinking problem while on SNL that earned him his court-ordered bracelet in 2007. That same year, the comedian became very sick while working on the show due to complications from his diabetes diagnosis. Despite an attempt at living a healthier lifestyle, Morgan had to undergo a kidney transplant in 2010.
Morgan and his ex-wife Sabina divorced in 2009 after 23 years of marriage. They had already been separated for several years. In the same year, Morgan published a memoir, I Am the New Black. In it, he describes his rough childhood and how he developed his sense of humor. Only his own rocky past, Morgan writes, could have brought him to where he is today: "When I was angry, when I was younger, I was in a cocoon. Now I'm a beautiful, black butterfly."
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