The family of comedian Bob Saget has released a brief statement after he was found dead in a Florida hotel room. Saget’s second wife Kelly and his three daughters confirmed that he has passed away and asked for privacy while inviting fans to celebrate his life and work. Saget was in Orlando, Florida to perform as part of a stand-up tour and the death was apparently unexpected. Police have said that there was no indication of foul play or drugs.
Bob Saget’s family releases statement
Hotel security at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando where Bob Saget was staying discovered the actor and comedian unresponsive in his room at 4 P.M. on January 9.
Emergency responders were called and Saget, aged 65, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death will be officially established by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s office.
Saget had performed the night before as part of his stand-up tour and did not have any publicly disclosed illness at the time of his death.
The tour was meant to last through May and Saget posted about his last appearance on Twitter early on January 9, saying that he had enjoyed the show and was happy to be doing stand-up.
Saget’s career began with stand-up comedy and continued throughout his life, though he became most famous for his starring role in the sitcom Full House and the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos.
He married his second wife, Kelly Rizzo, in 2018 and celebrated his three-year anniversary in October. He separated from his first wife, with whom he had three daughters, in 1997.
Cause of death unknown
Just months ago Bob Saget recorded a heartfelt message after the death of his friend and fellow comedian Norm Macdonald, who died of leukemia in September.
Saget directed Macdonald in the 1998 film Dirty Work and the two remained friends. Saget said at the time that he did not know about Macdonald’s leukemia diagnosis, which he kept secret.
If Saget had any life threatening condition he seems to have been unaware of its extent, given that his planned tour extended well into 2022.
The comedian was born in Philadelphia and had plans to become a doctor before changing his mind and deciding to pursue a career in stand-up and acting.
A number of other celebrities and former costars released statements similar to that released by Saget’s family, referring to his character and enthusiasm for his work and fans.
The Orange County Sherriff’s Office did not indicate how long it might take for an official cause of death to be ascertained.