Bob Saget, comedian and ‘Full House’ star, dead at 65

He was 65 years old.

Earlier today, officers were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room. The man was identified as Robert Saget and pronounced deceased at the scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drugs used in this case, “the sheriff’s statement read.

The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner, the sheriff’s office added.

Saget was in Florida as part of his comedy tour. According to the tour dates posted on his Twitter account, he performed on Saturday night in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

He tweeted after the show: “I loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Thankful audience. Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening. I had no idea I did a 2 hour set tonight. I am happily addicted to this one again. shit. “

Saget, although known on stage and among his friends for his raunchy humor, first made himself known to audiences on family programming. He played the widowed father of three girls on ABC’s “Full House” and later as the host of the network’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” clip show.

As Saget recalled Jake Tapper in a July 2021 interview, his career track was unexpected.

“‘Full House’ was an accident,” he said. “They fired me from CBS and asked me to be on ‘Full House.’

The comedy, starring Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in one role, ran for eight seasons. It lived in syndication with nostalgia strong enough that Netflix acquired a 2016 spin-off, “Fuller House,” starring Bure but with frequent appearances by original stars, including Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos. It ran for five seasons, concluding in 2020.

“I’m close to all children. Not much happens in the world where you stay close to all people,” Saget told Tapper. “We are an unusual cast in that way that I have been able to stay close to everyone, because I do not take eight years of my life lightly and then the other five or six years, six seasons.”

His “Full House” co-star Stamos expressed his grief over the loss of his friend and former colleague on Sunday.

“I’m heartbroken. I’m heartbroken,” Stamos wrote on Twitter. “I am in complete and utter shock. I will never have another friend like him again. I love you so much Bobby.”

After his first round of sitcom fame, Saget worked steadily in film and television roles, but became known to a new generation of sitcom fans on CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother.” acting as narrator and voice of the future Ted Mosby. That program lasted until 2014.

Throughout the years, Saget remained a fixture in stand-up comedy, dropping multiple specials over the years and taking his show on the road.

Saget’s reputation for reveling in a far more daring kind of comedy can be seen in films like “The Aristocrats,” which explores the competition between comics for the dirtiest version of the same joke, and his guest appearance on “Entourage “from HBO as a version of himself.

When asked by Esquire to define his humor in a 2013 interview, Saget explained, “Basically, I’m just a nine-year-old who evolved.” To that end, Saget seemed to enjoy rejecting his success on squeaky clean shows, telling dirty jokes at ABC events to make executives squirm.

Saget was in the middle of a tour at the time of his death that was scheduled to take him to locations in New York, Canada, and various other locations in the coming months.

According to his website, Saget often hosted comedy fundraisers for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, where he served on the board of directors. He lost his sister to chronic illness in 1994, according to his website.

In 2020, he launched a podcast, titled “Bob Saget’s Here For You,” a talk show in which he welcomed guests such as Tiffany Haddish, Jason Sudeikis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Norman Lear.

Lear was one of many who paid tribute to Saget on Sunday.

“Bob Saget was a human being as charming as he was funny,” Lear wrote in Twitter. “And in my opinion, he was hilarious. We were close friends and I couldn’t have loved him more.”
Fellow comedian and podcaster Marc Maron additional: “Oh no. RIP Bob Saget. Truly one of the nicest guys and a lot of fun. Very sad.”
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried described his “shock” at the news, writing in Twitter: “I just got off the phone with Bob a few days ago. We stayed on the phone, as usual, making ourselves laugh. RIP to friend, comedian, and fellow aristocrat Bob Saget.”

CNN’s Joe Sutton and Brian Lowry contributed to this story.

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