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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Walmart Settles Suit With McNair Family

James "Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed in a crash involving a Walmart truck

(CNN) —The family of James McNair, the late comedian known as "Jimmy Mack," has settled a lawsuit with Walmart over the auto accident that killed him and injured fellow comedian Tracy Morgan, McNair's family says.
McNair's sister, Pamela McNair, said the amount agreed upon is confidential, but was satisfactory to all parties.
"There is no value, no dollar amount, on my brother's life at all," she said. "But in terms of finances, it will assist the family a great deal to continue living life."
McNair was the father to 26-year-old Jamel and 19-year-old Danita and was the oldest of seven siblings he "cared for greatly," Pamela said.
"There's nothing we can do to change what happened," Walmart said. "Walmart and the McNair family have worked closely together to reach an agreement. Walmart continues to work with others involved in the accident and we will continue to do what's right."
Pamela McNair said the family will continue carrying on James' legacy as a humanitarian, and the finances from the settlement will help.
"My brother has done a lot for the community. He mentored the youth for the community, he worked at the homeless shelter. Little things that he's done are truly missed," McNair said.
"He was a great comedian, but he was a good family person first and foremost. He loved life and wanted others to love life as well. He was a humanitarian."
The mayor of McNair's hometown, Peekskill, New York, has named June 12 in his honor, she said.
Tracy Morgan's lawyer told CNN in November that he was still recovering from the car accident that left him with a "severe brain injury" and is fighting to return to the person he once was.
McNair said her family has not been in contact with the Morgan family.
"It's kind of heartbreaking," McNair said. "I understand he has his own medical situation, I want the best for him, I'm praying for his recovery, but I felt that someone could have reached out to the family. ... My brother and Tracy had a very long relationship as friends and it is heartbreaking we haven't heard from anyone."

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