Bob Saget’s family says new docs ‘tell entire story’ of his death

‘Bob passed away after a fall and hitting his head in his hotel room’

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Bob Saget’s family is speaking out through their attorney after the release of new records related to the comedian’s untimely death earlier this year.

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A redacted report that was obtained by the Sun from the Orange County Sherrif’s Department contained dozens of photos from the Ritz-Carlton hotel suite in Orlando, Fla., where Saget was found dead on Jan. 9. In addition to police body cam footage, the package included audio interviews with people who came into contact with the Full house star, who was in Florida to perform a pair of standup shows, and the last-known photo of Saget alive.

In a statement issued to PEOPLESaget’s family attorney, Brian H. Bieber, said the report offers a complete picture of the circumstances surrounding his death.

“The records released tell the entire story — that is — Bob passed away after a fall and hitting his head in his hotel room,” Bieber said in the statement. “Now that the medical examiner’s and police department’s records have been released after their respective thorough investigations, the Saget family would appreciate privacy to mourn in peace.”

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Saget’s family had successfully sued to block the release of some of the records related to his death, including photos of his body and certain video evidence.

Bob Saget and his wife Kelly Rizzo arrive for the Showtime series “Shameless” FYC red carpet event at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood on March 6, 2019.
Bob Saget and his wife Kelly Rizzo arrive for the Showtime series “Shameless” FYC red carpet event at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood on March 6, 2019. Photo by CHRIS DELMAS /AFP via Getty Images

The photos made public revealed nothing was friends in Saget’s room. Pictures released to the Sun, showed the comedian’s clothes hanging in his closet, his iPad, iPhone, AirPods, glasses and chapstick on his nightstand, discarded face masks in the waste basket, and his bed fully made. Police also released photos of the bed’s headboard, thought to be a possible cause of Saget’s fatal injury.

Authorities have released photos from inside the room Bob Saget was staying in when he died.
Authorities have released photos from inside the room Bob Saget was staying in when he died. Photo by Orange County Sherrif’s Department
Photos have been released from the hotel suite Bob Saget was staying in when he died.
Photos have been released from the hotel suite Bob Saget was staying in when he died. Photo by Orange County Sherrif’s Department

Saget’s death was ruled an accident by Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany, MD, with his report stating that his grievous injuries (which were said to be consistent with a car crash or being attacked with a baseball bat) was most likely caused by “something hard , covered by something soft,” and he gave, as an example, a fall onto a carpeted floor.

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Stephany’s report noted Saget “would have noticed symptoms such as dizziness, and there would have been signs that were obvious to those around him, such as issues with confusion, balance, and/or slurred speech.”

Elsewhere, Stephany noted that Saget struck the back of his head so hard that there was a “transfer of force that broke the orbital bones at the front of the skull.”

Hitting his head on the countertops, tables, nightstands, and other hard furniture in the room were all ruled out as a possible cause of death as they all had sharply defined edges and corners and would have cut his skin. The bathroom shower stall was dismissed for the same reason.

When police re-examined his room, their report notes that the headboard of the bed was lightly padded and set slightly out from the wall and most of the suite was carpeted. “These are listed here as possible mechanisms of injury, but nothing was located in the room that allows for a definitive conclusion.”

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Further notes indicated Saget was found “lying on his back on the right side of the bed, partially covered by the sheet and bedspread, with his left arm lying loosely across his torso and his right arm by his side. The sheets, bedspread, and pillowcases on the bed were white and there were no signs of blood or bodily fluids on them or anywhere else in the suite.”

Video evidence was mostly redacted, but hotel security indicated there was no surveillance video footage from the room, the hallway, or the elevator and that “there are several other ways to enter the hotel.”

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Saget entered his room for the final time at 2:17 am on the morning of Jan. 9 and the door was not opened again until the next afternoon when hotel security was asked to check on the star at the request of his family.

The police report did note that the door to the adjoining room was unlocked, but that no one was staying in that suite. The door to the neighboring suite was also not opened until the following afternoon.

In an audio interview obtained by the SunPonte Vedra Concert Hall staffer Rosalie Cocci — who runs errands for talent playing the venue — said that she overheard Saget saying he felt unwell the night of his last performance in Jacksonville, Fla., but that he “he didn’t miss a beat ” and that he was “energetic” during his show.

Likewise, hotel valet Orlando Nunez, who took what was believed to be the last photo of the America’s Funniest Home Videos host alive, said Saget seemed “fine” and he did not see evidence of slurred speech, balance issues, or anything else that caused him concern. Saget’s rental car also showed no evidence of having been in an accident.

Bob Saget appeared to be fine in what was purported to be the last photo taken of him by Orlando Nunez, a hotel valet at the Orlando Ritz-Carlton after he returned from Jacksonville.
Bob Saget appeared to be fine in what was purported to be the last photo taken of him by Orlando Nunez, a hotel valet at the Orlando Ritz-Carlton after he returned from Jacksonville. Photo by Orange County Sherrif’s Department

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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