New Details On Bob Saget's Final Hours Detailed In Report

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ORLANDO, FL — New details have emerged about what happened in the hours before comedian and “Full House” star Bob Saget died in his Orlando hotel room.

Saget, 65, died from an accidental blow to the head, his family said. An autopsy concluded the actor likely fell backward, struck his head, and died Jan. 9 in his hotel room at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando.

As officials work to conclude their investigation into how Saget died, People magazine talked with members of the Orange County Sheriff’s office about where and how the fall happened that led to Saget’s death.

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No traces of blood or hair were found on the marble end tables and counters in Saget’s bathroom. Investigators told People it’s likely Saget lost consciousness in the bathroom and fell backward onto the marble floor, striking his head.

When he regained consciousness, Saget got in bed, again lost consciousness and died, the sources told the magazine.

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His time of death was estimated at 4 a.m., about 12 hours before his body was found by hotel staff sent to check on him.

Saget’s family was in court two weeks ago and granted a temporary halt on the release of his medical records, reports said.

Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, and three daughters from a previous marriage, filed a lawsuit against Orange County Sheriff John Mina and the medical examiner’s office to stop the release of additional medical records. According to WESH, the court documents claim the disclosure of records would cause the Saget family to “suffer irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress.”

A judge agreed with the family and blocked the release of further records in Saget’s death.

The family’s lawsuit argues no public interest would be served by the release of the records to the public. Photographs, video and audio recordings, autopsy information and other records generated during the death investigation would all remain private under the family’s request.

Earlier reports had originally speculated he may have died from a stroke or heart attack, or COVID-19, which he said he had in December. However, family members said that was not the case.

“The authorities have determined that Bob passed from head trauma,” the Saget family said Feb. 9 in a statement reported by multiple news outlets, including CNN. “They have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep. No drugs or alcohol were involved.”

In the statement, the family said it has been overwhelmed with “the incredible outpouring of love from Bob’s fans” and was comforted by it.

“As we continue to mourn together, we ask everyone to remember the love and laughter that Bob brought to this world, and the lessons he taught us all: to be kind to everyone, to let the people you love know you love them, and to face difficult times with hugs and laughter,” the family also said.


Saget was pronounced dead at the scene, and authorities determined no foul play was involved.

TMZ reported that authorities weren’t sure what Saget struck his head on, but there was a bruise on the back of his head. He went to sleep and never woke up.

Saget had “fractures to the back of his head and around his eyes” at the time of his death, according to an autopsy report obtained by People.

Saget had performed in the area the night before in Jacksonville as part of his stand-up tour, “I Don’t Do Negative.”

Early on Jan. 9, Saget posted a selfie with the tweet, thanking the appreciative audience.

Saget was best known for his role as beloved single dad Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House” and as the wisecracking host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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