Bob Saget dies at 65: The Full House star found dead in an Orlando hotel room by staff just hours after performing stand-up show

  • Sources close to Saget, who was 65, say he was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday
  • The Full House star was found in his room by hotel employees around 4 p.m.
  • He was pronounced dead at the scene, though few details leading up to his death are currently available
  • Saget’s family wrote that they were ‘devastated’ in a statement confirming his death 
  • Saget performed in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday and sent his final tweet late in the night after his show
  • He was first known for his raunchy stand-up comedy before starring on ABC’s sitcom Full House
  • The comic concurrently hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos and became an in-demand guest star
  • In his later years, Saget narrated How I Met Your Mother and hosted the podcast Bob Saget’s Here For You
  • Saget’s Full House costars John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Candace Cameron Bure joined those paying tribute

Bob Saget, who went from being a respected stand-up comedian to a successful star of Full House, has died at age 65.

Sources close to the comic say he died Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida, and police confirmed his death shortly afterward.

Few details are currently available about the circumstances leading up to Saget’s death, though sources say that he was pronounced dead in his hotel room. 

Shocking death: Bob Saget, who went from being a respected stand-up comedian to a successful star of Full House, reportedly died Sunday at age 65; pictured November 8, 2021, in Los Angeles

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office told TMZ that it has ‘no information on cause of death, and detectives have found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.’ 

Officials added that ‘the Medical Examiner’s Office will make the final call on the cause and manner of death.’

Saget’s family confirmed his death later on Sunday in a statement.  

‘We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today,’ they said. ‘He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter. Though we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world.’ 

The comedian’s unexpected death comes amid his cross-country stand-up tour, which kicked off back in September 2021.

He had recently played a string of dates in Florida, including a show in Orlando.

On Saturday, the night before his body was discovered, Saget sent his final tweet following a show at Jacksonville, Florida’s Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. 

‘Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience,’ he wrote. ‘Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening. I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this s***. Check BobSaget.com for my dates in 2022.’

The comedy icon began his career as a stand-up in his hometown of Philadelphia, before heading west to Los Angeles. He went on to have a string of small parts in films starting in the late 1970s, but it wasn’t until a decade later that he became a household name. 

Mysterious death: Few details are currently available about the circumstances leading up to Saget’s death, though sources say that he was pronounced dead in his hotel room; seen on Full House in 1987 with (L–R) Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen, Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin, John Stamos and Candace Cameron Bure

He starred on the ABC series as Danny Tanner from 1987 through 1995, and then led the Netflix sequel series Fuller House for five seasons from 2016 to 2020; pictured in 1993 with costars (L–R) Dave Coulier, Andrea Barber, Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit, John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin, Mary-Kate Olsen, Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit, Candace Cameron and Scott Weinger

Although he developed a reputation among his fellow stand-up comedians for his profane comedy sets, Saget paradoxically had his greatest success with the heartwarming sitcom Full House.

He starred on the ABC series as Danny Tanner from 1987 through 1995, and then led the Netflix sequel series Fuller House for five seasons from 2016 to 2020.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper from July 2021, Saget revealed that he never expected to lean into cleaner comedy shows like Full House.

‘Full House was an accident,’ he said. ‘I got fired on CBS and was asked to be in Full House.’ 

Saget played a widowed  sports anchor who moves in with his late wife’s brother Jesse (John Stamos) and his childhood friend Joey (Dave Coulier) as they help him raise his three daughters, played by Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who split the role of Michelle Tanner.

Saget played a widowed sports anchor who moves in with his late wife’s brother Jesse (John Stamos) and his childhood friend Joey (Dave Coulier) as they help him raise his three daughters, played by Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who split the role of Michelle Tanner; seen with one of the Olsens in 1989

Saget’s Full House costar John Stamos wrote that he was ‘broken’ and ‘gutted’ after hearing the news.

‘I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby,’ he lamented on Twitter.

‘My heart is broken,’ added Coulier, who played a comedian on Full House. ‘I love you, Bob. Your forever brother, Dave.’ 

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who both took turns playing his youngest daughter on the series, issued a statement following his passing.

‘Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has,’ they said. ‘We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences.’ 

Candace Cameron Bure, who played the actor’s daughter D.J. Tanner on Full House, was left speechless after learning of his death. 

 ‘I don’t know what to say [broken-hearted emoji]. I have no words,’ she tweeted. ‘Bob was one of the best human beings I’ve ever known in my life. I loved him so much.’

The comedian played up his family-friendly bona fides by concurrently starring on America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 through 1997.

He hosted the series, which collected humorous home videos sent in by fans, and also provided voiceovers for the clips to ramp up the comedy.

Saget’s Full House costar John Stamos wrote that he was ‘broken’ and ‘gutted’ after hearing the news. ‘I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby,’ he lamented

Like a brother: ‘My heart is broken,’ added Coulier, who played a comedian on Full House. ‘I love you, Bob. Your forever brother, Dave’

‘I loved him so much’: Candace Cameron Bure, who played the actor’s daughter D.J. Tanner on Full house, was left speechless after learning of his death

Costars: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who both took turns playing his youngest daughter on the series, issued a statement following his passing. ‘Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man,’ they wrote; one of the twins seen with Saget, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin on Full House in 1991

Inspired: Josh Radnor eulogized Saget (who narrated How I Met Your Mother as an older version of his character) in a Twitter thread, culminating with a smiley photo of the two. Like so many others, he described his friend as ‘the kindest, loveliest, funniest, most supportive man’ and a ‘mensch among mensches’

Although he didn’t appear in front of the camera, Saget’s recognizable voice narrated another ABC sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, in which he played an older version of Ted Mosby (played on-screen by Josh Radnor).

Radnor eulogized his colleague in a Twitter thread, culminating with a smiley photo of the two.

Like so many others, he described his friend as ‘the kindest, loveliest, funniest, most supportive man’ and a ‘mensch among mensches.’

The actor and comedian poked fun at his image with a recurring role on HBO’s Entourage, and he also led the single-season WB sitcom Raising Dad, which featured rising stars Kat Dennings and Brie Larson with Sopranos fixture Jerry Adler.

Dennings expressed her sorrow at news of her former costars death on Sunday.

‘Oh god. Bob Saget!!! The loveliest man. I was his TV daughter for one season and he was always so kind and protective. So so sorry for his family,’ she tweeted. 

Saget wasn’t afraid to get a bit silly, and one of his recent appearances was as a disguised figure on The Masked Singer.

He focused more on his preferred brand of comedy in recent years with his podcast Bob Saget’s Here For You, which he began recording in 2020. 

The loveliest man’: Saget’s Raising Dad costar Kat Dennings called him ‘so kind and protective’ in a tweet paying tribute to him

Family: The star is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo, whom he married in 2018; seen with Rizzo in June 2021 in NYC

Last Christmas: Last year, Rizzo revealed on Instagram that the couple had spent their first Christmas together, despite having been married multiple years

Other small but impactful roles include an uncredited part as a cocaine addict in Dave Chappelle’s 1998 stoner comedy Half Baked, and he was one of the many comedians featured in the documentary The Aristocrats, about the infamous foul comedy routine of the title.

When he wasn’t on stage or in front of the camera, Saget also tried his hand at directing.

He helmed the Norm Macdonald–starring comedy Dirty Work, which was reviled by critics but later reevaluated as a cult classic, and he provided voices for and directed the straight-to-video parody film Farce Of The Penguins. 

The star is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo, whom he married in 2018, and his three children — Aubrey, 34; Lara, 32; and Jennifer, 29 — all of whom he shared with his first wife Sherri Kramer, whom he was married to from 1982 to 1997.

Last year, Rizzo revealed on Instagram that the couple had spent their first Christmas together, despite having been married multiple years.

‘So happy to spend my very first Christmas with @BobSaget (even though we’ve been married over 3 years!) because he’s finally in Chicago for the holidays!’ she captioned a cute photo of the couple holding hands in front of a Chinese dragon statue.

Shortly before his death, Saget mused about the nature of the afterlife while paying tribute to Betty White after she died just days away from her 100th birthday.

‘I don’t know what happens when we die, but if Betty says you get to be with the love of your life, then I happily defer to Betty on this,’ he wrote, noting the actress’ undying love for her late husband Allen Ludden, who died in 1981.

Saget managed to be an unending source of humor for his fans despite several family tragedies earlier in life.

His sister Andrea died of a brain aneurysm in 1985, and his other sister Gay died from the autoimmune disease scleroderma in 1994. 

Children: He also leaves behind his three daughters — Aubrey, 34; Lara, 32; and Jennifer, 29 — all of whom he shared with his first wife Sherri Kramer, whom he was married to from 1982 to 1997; seen together in 2004

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