Comedian Bob Saget, star of TV’s “Full House” and host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” has died. He is 65 years old.
Saget, best known for playing Danny Tanner, the widow’s father on ABC’s “Full House,” did not respond to his hotel room at The Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida at 4pm on Sunday. Police said. He had died on the spot.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that detectives “have not found any signs of foul play or drug use in this case.” The medical examiner’s office will ultimately determine the cause of death.
In a statement to Saget, his family confirmed the death.
“We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob died today,” the statement said. “They were all around us and we want you to know how much they love their fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with a laugh.
“Although we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laugh that Bob brought to the world.”
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From 1989 to 1997, Saget, a clever host of “America’s Fanniest Home Videos”, traveled the country with the “I Don’t Do Negative” tour and performed a two-hour set Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida.
His final Instagram post on Saturday night is full of hope.
“I loved tonight’s show in Jacksonville,” Saget wrote. “So much appreciation and fun audiences. I didn’t know I had a two-hour set tonight. I got back into comedy when I was 26. I think I’m looking for my new voice and loving every moment of it. Yeah, let’s meet in two weeks.”
“I’m going everywhere until I get a special shot. And then maybe I’m addicted to it,” he added, signing “Peace Out.”
Saget was born in Philadelphia on May 17, 1956, to Benjamin, a supermarket executive, and Rosalyn, who worked in the hospital administration. He graduated from Temple University and briefly enrolled at the University of Southern California to study film.
He left college but stayed in Los Angeles and switched to stand-up comedy, which led him to small roles in TV and film before becoming a success in “Full House”, for which he played the sweet neurotic father Danny Tanner from 1987 to 1995. Jessie (John Stamos), Joey (Dave Collier) and her TV daughters DJ (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Michelle (role played by Marie-Kate and Ashley Olsen).
Stamos expressed his grief Twitter Sunday. “I’m broke. I’m exhausted. I’m in complete and utter shock. I’ll never have another friend like him,” Stamos wrote. “I love you so much Bobby.”
Marie-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became global children’s superstars in “Full House” as Michelle, paid tribute to her TV father in a statement:
“Bob is a very loving, compassionate and generous person. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but we know he will always be by our side to guide us. We are thinking of his daughters.
Candace Cameron Bure Tweeted With heartbreaking emoji, “I have no words. Bob was one of the best human beings I have ever known in my life. I loved him very much.”
In the short-lived sitcom “Raising Dad”, Saget starred with another widowed father in a win-win situation.
He was frequently asked questions about his practice of playing sitcom widows and had a ready response. ”(Kevin) Costner makes three, four baseball movies and that’s right. There’s my logic. “
Saget reprized Danny’s role in Netflix’s spinoff “Fuller House” for five seasons from 2016 to 2020.
As a stand-up comic, Saget prefers “immature banned comedy – good immature banned comedy” while promoting his 2014 autobiography, “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.”
Saget showed this sense of humor through his much-talked guest appearance in the 2005 documentary “The Aristocrats,” in which 100 comics creep into the world’s ugliest comedy.
For CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother,” Saget voices the anchor, grown-up Ted (played by Josh Radner).
In early 2020, when the epidemic stalled, Saget was preparing for the start of his comedy tour. He turned his energy into a “Bob Sagets Here For You” podcast, which gave fans an open mic to comment on and ask questions.
He has occasionally focused on directing over the years, including HBO’s “The Mind of the Married Man” and the Norm MacDonald movie “Dirty Work,” and has appeared on Broadway in “Hand to God” and “The Drossey Chaperone.”
He was hailed as the producer-director of the 1996 TV movie “For Hope,” loosely based on his late sister Gay’s battle with tissue disease scleroderma and appealing for more federal support for research funds.
He recalled his sister in the January 2020 post, who died when she was 47 and was 73 years old that month.
Survivors include his wife Kelly Rizzo (whom they married in 2018) and Sherry Kramer, three daughters from their first marriage – Aubrey Saget, Laura Melanie Saget and Jennifer Belle Saget.
Contribution: Associated Press