Fans are still reeling from the sudden death of “Full House” star Bob Saget on Sunday, January 9, 2022.
The “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host was only 65 years old when he passed away at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Florida. Around 4 PM on Sunday, police responded to a call of an unresponsive man in his hotel room and found Saget deceased when they arrived on the scene.
Authorities immediately ruled out foul play or drug use to be a factor in his death, which led many fans to wonder what did cause the stand-up comedian, who was in otherwise good health, to pass away so suddenly.
Now, fans are finally getting an answer.
Bob Saget Passed Away From A Heart Attack Or Stroke, Sources Say
Before turning in for the night, Saget called his wife to check in and took to social media to tell his fans how happy he was to be back on tour.
He never woke up the next morning.
Hotel staff reportedly found Saget “tucked in bed” when his body was discovered by hotel staff, who were asked to check on him by his wife, Kelly Rizzo. Rizzo became concerned when she hadn’t heard from him, as he was supposed to be boarding a return flight to Los Angeles that morning.
There was no indication that he suffered and it is believed at this time that he passed away peacefully in his sleep. Although it could be several months before a coroner’s report releases an official cause of death, at this time, preliminary findings suggest that Saget passed away from a heart attack or a stroke.
No Indication That Bob Saget Passed Away From COVID-19
Although several sources initially said that he might have suffered complications from COVID-19, or – on the flipside – complications from getting a COVID-19 booster shot, there is nothing to suggest that Saget passed away from COVID-19 or any complications related to becoming vaccinated.
However, the “How I Met Your Mother” actor did discuss having COVID-19 shortly before he died, which is what sparked many of the recent rumors.
Only four days before his death, Saget talked about having COVID-19 on an interview with the podcast “A Corporate Time With Tom & Dan.” It is not clear when he had COVID-19 or what variant he was diagnosed with.
“It is not good, it does not feel good,” he said. “I don’t know if I had Delta or… I might have had a combo. Maybe at one point, they [Delta and Omicron] were working together.”
“It’s very popular, it’s doing very well,” Saget joked of the new Omicron variant, adding, “At one point, Omicron was opening for Delta, but Omicron’s got so big that Delta’s opening now.”
He also joked about what it was like to perform during a pandemic. “If it’s half-full I go ‘oh that’s disappointing’ then all of a sudden two hundred people show up because they decide at the last minute, ‘what the hell, when are we going to see Bob? He might die from COVID, let’s go see him.’”
Celebrities Express Their Condolences For The Late Performer
I just can’t believe it. What a wonderful guy. He always went out of his way to make me comfortable and talked nonstop about his kids. Such a loss 💔 pic.twitter.com/Yr6C3R4lEW
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) January 10, 2022
Many celebrities and comedians expressed their condolences for the loss of a close friend.
“I am broken. I am gutted,” close friend John Stamos tweeted. “I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.”
Whoopi Goldberg tweeted, “Sail on my friend Bob Saget with your huge heart and abject lunacy, my condolences to his daughters & other family.”
“I’m so shocked at @bobsaget’s passing,” Joel McHale tweeted. “One of the most kind & thoughtful people I’ve ever come across & he just happened to be one of the funniest on the planet. I will miss you so much Bob. Love you dear friend. I’m so sorry @kellyrizzo. And so sorry to the rest of the family.”
“Deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of comedian Bob Saget,” George Takei tweeted. “Beloved by millions as America’s Dad, he was a regular presence in our living rooms, bringing to us the funniest videos and countless belly laughs. Gone too soon, like so many of the brightest souls.”