The final hours of Bob Saget’s life has taken yet another mysterious turn.
In new audio obtained by the Sun, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall staffer Rosalie Cocci told police that the comedian, who was found dead on Jan. 9 in his Orlando, Fla., hotel room, said he was suffering “long-term COVID” affects before he took to the stage in Jacksonville.
“I am the person who goes runs errands for any talent that comes through the concert hall,” Cocci said in a taped interview.
“I did hear him say, ‘I don’t feel good, but I’m ready to do the show. This is what I do this for.’ He kinda seemed like he was talking himself up,” she said.
Saget’s autopsy revealed he was positive for COVID at the time of his death. The cause of his death was listed as “blunt head trauma.” Reports indicated the 65-year-old Full house star had suffered fractures to the back of his head and around his eyes.
“He said he had long-term COVID and that it was taking his body a long time to get over it,” Cocci told police. “He said his hearing had been off, and that was the case for that evening, he was asking the sound guys to turn everything up, and that he had been sick the night before. Sick in the sense of his hearing was off, that he had a sore throat, that he was happy he had lozenges. But he also said, ‘You never know how long I’m going to perform. Last night I performed for an hour-and-a-half,’ and I know after the fact that he performed for over two hours at the concert hall from his social media.”
Cocci, who said her job is to run errands for talent playing the venue, said she had very little interaction with Saget and that he “seemed OK.”
“He took that last photograph of himself, the selfie onstage, and he was cracking jokes, (saying), ‘Man, I look good. Damn, I’m good at this.’ He was OK,” Cocci said. “It was very surprising the next day.”
Cocci did add that she thought it was “strange” that she didn’t see Saget drinking water onstage.
“But he wasn’t sweaty, he didn’t miss a beat, he didn’t stutter, his language wasn’t drawn out, nothing slurred,” she continued. “He came out, energetic, in the half-an-hour I saw, he was very much entertaining the crowd.”
There were no hecklers, but an interview with Zachary Evans, who was assigned to Saget during his performance at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando the night before, revealed that several patrons being disruptive were asked to leave that performance.
“Mr. Saget told Evans that he was ‘not much of a drinker,’ and did not particularly enjoy being around people when they were drunk,” a police incident report notes.
But a source disputed the claim that Saget was feeling unwell the day before his death. The friend told TMZ that “Saget never mentioned feeling off or that he was still battling the after-effects of COVID.”
The Saget family attorney also revealed that Saget’s wife, Kelly Rizzo, spoke to her husband the day he died, “and he never mentioned being sick or having hearing issues.”
Saget’s death was ruled an accident by Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany, MD, with his report stating that his injury was most likely caused by “something hard, covered by something soft,” and he gave, as an example, a fall onto a carpeted floor.
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.”
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.”
Further notes indicate Saget was “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.”
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.
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Following Saget’s death, a judge permanently sealed the release of certain information related to the case.
But earlier this week, new photos of Saget’s hotel room were released to the public. The pictures 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 last known photo of Saget taken while he was alive, in which he posed with hotel valet Orlando Nunez, there was no evidence of injury or of “the bruising near his left eye that was evident post-mortem.”
“He seemed fine as he was — me speaking to him for that small period of time,” Nunez said in an audio interview with police. “He just seemed fine.”