Bob Saget, comedian and beloved TV dad on ‘Full House’ and ‘Fuller House,’ dies at age 65


Bob Saget, the comedian and star of TV’s “Full House” and the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has died. He was 65.

Saget, who was best known for his role as widowed father Danny Tanner in ABC’s “Full House,” was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida early Sunday, police said. On the spot, he was declared dead.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office told USA TODAY in a statement that detectives have found “no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.” The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

USA TODAY has reached out to Saget’s reps for further comment.

Saget, the wise-cracking host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” from 1989 to 1997, had been traveling the country with the “I Don’t Do Negative Tour” and performed a two-hour set in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday.

His final Instagram post on Saturday night following the successful set was filled with hope.

“I loved tonight’s show in Jacksonville,” Saget wrote. “Very grateful and fun audiences. I didn’t know I did a 2 hour set tonight. I’m back in comedy like I was when I was 26. I think I am finding my voice and I love every minute of it. A’ight, see you in two weeks “

“Goin’ everywhere until I get the special shot. He said, “Peace out.” “

On TV, Saget played sweetly his neurotic father on ABC’s “Full House” from 1987 to 1995 opposite Jesse (John Stamos), Joey (Dave Coulier), along with his TV daughters D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie(Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (played in part by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen).

I am broken. I am gutted. I am shocked beyond words. He will be my best friend forever. Bobby, I love you so very much.

— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 10, 2022

Stamos expressed shock and grief on Twitter Sunday. “I am broken. I am gutted. I am shocked. Stamos wrote, “I will never have another friend like he.” Bobby, I love you so much. “

Saget played another a widowed dad with winsome kids on the short-lived sitcom “Raising Dad. “

He found himself repeatedly fielding questions about his habit of playing sitcom widowers, and had a ready response. “(Kevin) Costner does three, four baseball movies and that’s OK. There’s my rationale.”

Saget reprised his role as Danny Tanner in Netflix’s spin-off “Fuller House” for five seasons, from 2016 to 2020.

As a stand-up comic, Saget told USA TODAY he preferred “immature taboo humor — good immature taboo humor” while promoting his 2014 memoir, “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian. “

Saget showed this filthier sense of humor with what become a much-talked-about cameo in the 2005 documentary “The Aristocrats” — in which 100 comics riffed on the world’s dirtiest joke.

Contributing: Associated Press

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