*Tracy Morgan recently performed a special standup show where the invite-only audience was filled with the doctors, nurses and first responders who treated him after the June 2014 car crash that nearly took his life.
The comedian, 47, returned to New Brunswick, New Jersey to perform at State Theatre, located two miles away from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was treated.
“Last night was one of the most special nights of my life,” Morgan told People magazine. “To be standing on stage with the people that saved my life in the audience was an overwhelming experience. I will never fully be able to thank the doctors, nurses, first responders and everyone else that got me back on that stage enough.
“These people are heroes and I love them all from the bottom of my heart,” he continued. “The only good thing that happened on that horrible night was that I was close to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital when the accident happened. God Bless them all.”
“After the sold-out show, Tracy asked for the house lights to be turned on and requested all those who helped save his life to share his standing ovation with him,” a friend tells PEOPLE. “It was a very emotional night.”
Following his performance, Morgan invited the hospital employees in attendance to come backstage to his dressing room for pictures and hugs.
Morgan donated all of the show’s proceeds to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.