New details of Bob Saget’s death investigation have surfaced over a month after the comedian was discovered in his hotel room. Here’s what officials are saying happened to the Full House star in his final hours, and why Saget’s family wants to keep the details of his death investigation private.
Bob Saget showed ‘no signs of distress’ in the hours before his death
On Jan. 9, Bob Saget was found dead in a hotel room in Orlando, Florida, after performing at a stand-up comedy gig. A month later, his family released a statement revealing his cause of death.
“The authorities have determined that Bob passed from head trauma,” the Saget family told People. “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.”
On Feb. 23, People released new details from Saget’s death investigation. According to the publication, Saget was last seen on surveillance video getting off the elevator of the ninth floor and making his way to his room. The comedian used his key card to enter the hotel room at 2:17 a.m., and the door wasn’t opened again until hotel security entered the room the next day to check on him.
Investigators who saw the footage reported that Saget “showed no signs of distress.”
Bob Saget likely hit his head on the bathroom floor of his hotel room
Since Bob Saget’s cause of death was blunt head trauma, authorities looked for possible sources of his multiple skull fractures.
Investigators did not find any traces of hair or blood on the marble tables or counters of Saget’s room at the Ritz-Carlton. They believe he fell backward onto the marble bathroom floor and hit his head, possibly losing consciousness.
Once he regained consciousness, police think Saget got into his bed, where he died around 4:00 a.m. His body was found about 12 hours later.
The ‘Full House’ star’s family filed a lawsuit to prevent further details of his death from being released
Days after revealing Bob Saget’s cause of death, his family, including his wife Kelly Rizzo and his three daughters, filed a lawsuit to keep further details of the death investigation confidential. On Feb. 15, Saget’s family sued the District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office and Orange County Sheriff John Mina.
They claimed in court documents that sharing further details about his death would cause “irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress.”
Saget’s family was granted a temporary injunction disallowing the sheriff and the medical examiner’s office from releasing the comedian’s death records.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office stated that while it is “sensitive” to the family’s privacy concerns, they “must be balanced with our commitment to transparency, compliance with the law, and the public’s right to know.”