On January 9, it was reported that Full House star and comedian Bob Saget had unexpectedly passed away. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed TMZ‘s initial reports that Saget had been found dead in his Orlando hotel room. TMZ reported that around 4PM Eastern Time, the Sheriff’s Department and fire department responded to an unconscious man at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Florida.
Earlier today, deputies 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 & pronounced deceased on scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case. #BobSaget pic.twitter.com/aB1UKiOlmi
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) January 10, 2022
Saget’s family released the following statement following his death:
“We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today. He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter. Though we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world.”
Saget is survived by his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and his daughters from a previous marriage, Aubrey, Lara, and Jennifer. The comedian was in the middle of his I Don’t Do Negative Tour, which had kicked off just two days before his death on January 7th.
Loving beyond words being on tour —And doing an all new show of standup and music. Hope to see you out there. More dates being added continually as we go further into 2022… For tickets, go to: https://t.co/nqJyTi0Dbk pic.twitter.com/ECSOpGt1K0
— bob saget (@bobsaget) December 9, 2021
After his January 8th show in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Saget took to social media for what would become the last post he ever wrote.
Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience. Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening. I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this shit. Check https://t.co/nqJyTiiezU for my dates in 2022. pic.twitter.com/pEgFuXxLd3
— bob saget (@bobsaget) January 9, 2022
After the news was confirmed, tributes to the actor, most famous for portraying Danny Tanner in the ABC sitcom Full House, poured in from his co-stars, friends, and fans.
I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 10, 2022
I don’t know what to say ?. I have no words. Bob was one of the best humans beings I’ve ever known in my life. I loved him so much.
— Candace Cameron Bure (@candacecbure) January 10, 2022
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played Michelle Tanner on Full House, released a rare statement to the press about Saget’s passing.
Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has. We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences.
Jodie Sweetin, the actress who played his daughter Stephanie on Full House penned a lengthy Instagram tribute which ended with, “I’ll miss you Bob. I’ll make sure and tell an inappropriate joke at your funeral. In your honor. I know you would’ve wanted that. But you were supposed to be here longer…How Rude.”
On January 10, the entire cast of Full House came together and released the following statement:
“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.” ~ John, Dave, Candace, Jodie, Lori, Andrea, Scott, Jeff, Ashley and Mary-Kate.
Candace Cameron Bure, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, Scott Weinger, and Full House creator Jeff Franklin all posted the same photo and statement to Instagram. The Olsen twins and Lori Loughlin do not have Instagram.
Following Saget’s funeral, which Stamos spoke at, the actor spoke with The New York Times about the last time he saw his good friend.
“Bob was always worried about everyone else, but he talked about death a lot. His wife, Kelly Rizzo, said she had a premonition. I didn’t see it. The last time we were all together, we went on a double date to Nobu, maybe a month before he passed away,” Stamos said.
“He didn’t look like a guy who was going to die, but he was very calm, which was odd for Bob. He was at peace somehow. And he listened and he was thoughtful and didn’t interrupt; he cared about what we were saying. I hate to say it, but it was the Bob that I always wanted to see. And it was the last time I saw him,” Stamos said.
Stamos has continuously posted tributes to his good friend, who considered a brother, on his Instagram.