The cause of death of actor Bob Saget is still under debate.
On January 9, 2022, the “Full House” star was pronounced dead in his hotel room in Florida. At the time, authorities ruled out drug use or foul play as a factor in his death. In the days following his death, many believed that he had passed away due to a heart attack or stroke.
However, that was not the case.
Autopsy Finds That Bob Saget Passed Away From A Brain Bleed, Examiner Rules Death Accidental
On February 9 – exactly one month after the “How I Met Your Mother” narrator passed away – a medical examiner’s report revealed that he did not die of a heart attack or stroke, as was initially suspected. Instead, it was revealed that he passed away from a brain bleed after hitting his head on an object, which some theorize to be a headboard. A toxicology report confirmed that there were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time he passed away.
However, one day later, the medical examiner’s report revealed even more troubling information. It appeared that Bob Saget’s skull had multiple fractures. He also had abrasions on his scalp.
The medical examiner officially ruled that “it is my opinion that the death of Robert Saget, a 65-year-old white male found unresponsive in a hotel room, is the result of blunt head trauma. It is most probable that the decedent suffered an unwitnessed fall backward and struck the posterior of his head. The manner of death is an accident.”
Although it seems that the results are conclusive and unlikely to be investigated further, some are questioning the findings of the results.
Doctors Have Questions: ‘Not A Simple Bump On The Head’
In the video above, you can watch CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta explain his own take on the findings. Dr. Gupta explained that many had believed that the stand-up comedian had simply bumped his head while getting into bed one night. However, he called the injury “not a simple bump on the head.”
He called it “a very significant blow to the head” and put a graphic together to show the different bones in Saget’s skull that had been fractured, both in the front and the back of his head. “It takes a lot of force to do that,” he explained.
Dr. Gupta said that with fractures and abrasions located on the back of the skull, it was likely that was where the force of the impact was. However, he continued to explain that the fracture extended to the right temporal bone, which would require a great amount of force. The medical examiner’s report also noted that there were fractures in the front of his skull, Gupta said, just above Saget’s eyes.
“When I first saw this, if I knew nothing else about what happened, you would think that this was someone who had fallen down the stairs and had several impacts to the head or been unrestrained in a car accident,” he said.
“Whatever happened here, we may never know the exact, like, how he fell or what happened, but it was a significant blow,” he continued. “Likely, the bleeding on top of the brain […] is likely causing pressure on the brain and subsequently, sadly, led to him becoming unconscious and then dying.”
Other Experts Question The Findings Of Bob Saget’s Autopsy: ‘This Is MAJOR Head Trauma’
Many other experts questioned the results as well.
Former Assistant US Attorney Richard Signorelli tweeted, “No wrongdoing found. Something doesn’t make sense given his severe head injuries.”
He continued, “‘This is significant trauma,’ said Dr. Gavin Britz, the chair in neurosurgery at Houston Methodist. ‘This is something I find with someone with a baseball bat to the head, or who has fallen from 20 or 30 feet.’”
He added, “Dr. Britz noted that the autopsy described fractures to particularly thick parts of the skull, as well as to bones in the roof of the eye socket. ‘If you fracture your orbit,’ he said, referring to those eye bones, ‘you have significant pain.’”
“This is significant trauma,” said Dr. Gavin Britz, the chair in neurosurgery at Houston Methodist. “This is something I find with someone with a baseball bat to the head, or who has fallen from 20 or 30 feet.”
— Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) February 12, 2022
Trauma physician Dr. Megan Ranney tweeted, “Hi. ICYMI: This is not a ‘slip & fall.’ This is not a minor concussion. This is MAJOR head trauma. My condolences to Saget’s friends & family. I hope that they get answers as to what really happened.”
She later added, “PS: this doesn’t mean it was INTENTIONAL trauma either. But this is more than just ‘I whacked my head on the kitchen cabinet.’”
PS: this doesn’t mean it was INTENTIONAL trauma, either.
But this is more than just “I whacked my head on the kitchen cabinet”
— Megan Ranney MD MPH 🗽 (@meganranney) February 11, 2022