Cops release photos of hotel room where Bob Saget died

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Police are offering a glimpse into the hotel suite where comedian Bob Saget died in January.

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Saget was found dead in his Orlando, Fla., hotel room on Jan. 9 after performing a stand-up show in Jacksonville. His cause of death at age 65 was later confirmed to be resulting from “blunt head trauma.” Reports indicated the comedian had suffered fractures to the back of his head and around his eyes.

The new photos from Saget’s room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando show Saget’s rental car keys, some of his personal effects, as well as his clothing in a closet with a pair of sneakers on the floor.

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

According to PEOPLE, authorities took 147 photographs as part of the investigation, with 90 of the pictures, which featured Saget’s body or some of his personal items, ruled confidential. Body cam footage was also released as well as what is believed to be one of the last photos of Saget seen alive, in which he posed with a hotel valet.

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Elsewhere, the photos depicted a room in which nothing seemed to be friends. Saget’s bed was made and his cellphone, iPad, glasses, AirPods and other personal items were on the nightstand.

In the washroom, his personal toiletry items were seen on the counter, along with a towel in the bathtub and face masks in the waste basket. The room was set to 74 degrees.

Redacted portions of the initial 911 call were also released in which a hotel employee reported an “unresponsive guest in a room” with “no pulse.”

Earlier this month, a Florida judge permanently sealed Saget’s autopsy records after his widow, Kelly Rizzo, and his daughters filed a lawsuit seeking to bar the release of records related to the death investigation.

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But an incident report obtained by PEOPLE indicated that Saget’s fatal injuries were likely caused by hitting his head on “something hard, covered by something soft.”

Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany, MD, suggests “a fall onto a carpeted floor” could have been a cause.

“The fracture would have stunned Mr. Saget, and, even if the bleeding occurred slowly, Mr. 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,” the report stated.

Authorities believe Saget may have also struck his head on the bed’s headboard. “Most of the suite was carpeted,” the incident report stated. “The headboard of the bed was lightly padded and set slightly out from the wall. 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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A further re-examination of Saget’s room failed to identify any item that could have caused his fatal injuries.

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

After the release of Saget’s autopsy results in February, the New York Times reported that the America’s Funniest Home Videos host suffered “an unmistakably serious set of injuries,” with fractures to the back of the head and around his eyes that would have left him confused if not unconscious.

In conjunction with the pictures from inside the room, police also shared 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.

Nunez told authorities that Saget had no visible injuries when they met in the early hours of Jan. 9 and his car showed no signs 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

“He seemed fine as he was — me speaking to him for that small period of time,” Nunez said in an audio interview released by police. “He just seemed fine.”

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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