Following nearly five hours of surgery on Monday to repair damage to his left arm and hand and reconnect nerves injured in a car wreck Sunday night, "Dark Knight" actor Morgan Freeman is on the mend.
A spokesperson for Freeman said he was in "good spirits" following the surgery and was visiting with friends and family on Tuesday morning, as well as walking around and looking forward to his release from a Mississippi hospital in a few days.
In the aftermath of the horrible car crash, Us Weekly reported that the actor and his wife of 24 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, are planning to divorce. Quoting Freeman's business partner, Bill Luckett — who co-owns a blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, with Freeman called Ground Zero — the magazine said the actor and Lee are "involved in a divorce action." Luckett explained that "for legal and practical purposes, [Freeman and Colley-Lee] have been separated since December of 2007."
Freeman, 71, was injured in the wreck on a rural Mississippi Delta highway while driving a car belonging to Demaris Meyer, 48, who has been described as a mutual friend of Freeman and his wife. He suffered a broken arm, broken elbow and shoulder damage in the accident while Meyer was not seriously injured.
While police are still investigating the crash, heavy rain in the area where Freeman was driving Meyer's 1997 Nissan Maxima could have played a part. Following initial reports that Freeman was conscious and in good spirits when officers found him, subsequent statements from eyewitnesses have revealed that the Oscar-winning actor was unconscious right after the car flipped over several times and landed in a ditch filled with 8 inches of water shortly before midnight on Sunday, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
One eyewitness, former police officer Bill Rogers, said he saw the accident and that both Freeman and Meyer were unconscious when he went out to check on them but had regained consciousness by the time help arrived. He described Meyer as alert and said Freeman "wasn't totally coherent" as he was being loaded into the ambulance after both he and Meyer were freed from the vehicle by the jaws of life.
Luckett said Freeman would require several months to recover from the injuries but that Meyer was "in better condition than Morgan." Police have said there is no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.
At press time, Freeman's spokesperson did not return e-mails requesting an update on his condition or confirmation of the divorce proceedings.