Bob Saget, ‘Full House’ actor and comedian, found dead in Orlando hotel room at 65
LOS ANGELES (KUSI) – Tributes continued pouring in Monday for Bob Saget, the comedian and actor best known as the caring TV dad on “Full House” and its later revival, “Fuller House.”
Saget, 65, was found dead in an Orlando, Florida, hotel room on Sunday. Coroner’s officials in Florida said a cause of death is pending toxicology reports, which could take 10 to 12 weeks, but there was “no evidence of drug use or foul play.”
On Monday, Saget’s co-star on “Full House,” John Stamos, posted a message from the entire cast on Instagram.
“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family,” the cast wrote. “And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”
Saget was in Florida as part of his nationwide “I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour.” Saget, despite his clean-cut, fatherly television persona, was notoriously different in his stand-up career, with shows that his fellow comedians described as “R-rated.”
Over the weekend, Saget took to social media to express how much he was enjoying being back on the road, saying how much he enjoyed his shows in Jacksonville and Orlando.
“Really nice audience. Lots of positivity,” he wrote. “… Very appreciative and fun audiences. … I had no idea I did a two-hour set tonight. I’m back in comedy like I was when I was 26. I guess I’m finding my new voice and loving every moment of it.”
According to a report released by the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, Saget was found dead by a hotel security officer who went to his Ritz-Carlton hotel room after the comedian’s family was unable to contact him. According to the report, obtained by Florida media outlets, Saget was lying face up on his bed, had no pulse and was unresponsive and cold to the touch.
The report indicated there were no signs of foul play, and the room was in order, with Saget’s possessions on the nightstand, closet, bathroom and TV stand.
“Full House” ran for eight seasons. Saget told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that it was an accident he got hired on the show. He said he was fired from CBS and was asked to be on the show.
“I’m close with all the kids (on the show). It doesn’t happen a lot in the world where you stay close with all the people,” Saget told Tapper. “We’re an unusual cast in that way that I have been able to remain close with everybody because I don’t take eight years of my life lightly and the other five or six years, six seasons.”
Stamos tweeted earlier, “I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.”
Jodie Sweetin, who played one of Saget’s TV daughters, wrote in a lengthy Instagram post that Saget was “a wonderful human being.”
“There aren’t enough words to express what I’m feeling today,” Sweetin wrote. “Nor are they big enough to capture even a slice of who he was. One thing I do know is that we never missed a chance to tell each other, `I love you.’ Every time we talked, there were at least three or four exchanged at the end of a conversation, whether it was text, phone call or in person. And he usually had to have the last word, `I love you more.”‘
Following “Full House,” Saget worked steadily in film and television roles. He hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and he was the unseen narrator on CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” providing the older voice of character Ted Mosby.
On Sunday, ABC Entertainment issued a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague, Bob Saget, who will always be a member of the ABC family. Whether playing a loving father on `Full House’ or hosting the early years of `America’s Funniest Home Videos’ with his signature wit and charm, Bob always knew how to connect with families through heart and humor. Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn the passing of such an incredibly gifted comedian and talent.”