Bob Saget Unexpectedly Dies at 65

By: Amelia Dasari — Online Editor-in-Chief

Actor, stand-up comedian, and television host Robert “Bob” Saget was found dead in his hotel room on January 9th, 2022 at the age of 65. 

Saget had been on a standup tour in Florida; he had a show in Jacksonville on Saturday night. In a Tweet posted early Sunday morning, Saget commented on his most recent performance.“Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience… I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this shit. Check for my dates in 2022.”

Saget has been in the movie industry since the late 80s. He is globally known for playing Danny Tanner in the sitcom Full House and the spin-off Fuller House. He was also the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997. 

Full House co-star John Stamos wrote on Twitter, “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.”

The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House, posted a tribute to their late co-star. “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.”

Saget has starred in 64 movies and TV shows since his career started. Besides Full House, he is also known for the role of Ted Mosby in How I Met Your Mother. His 2014 album That’s What I’m Talkin’ About was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

HIMYM star Josh Radnor, who played a younger version of Ted Mosby, paid tribute to his late friend. “Bob Saget was the older wiser ‘me’ for nine years on How I Met Your Mother,” the actor wrote. “He was the kindest, loveliest, funniest, most supportive man. The easiest person to be around. A mensch among mensches.” 

Radnor said that the validation and support he received from Saget influenced his career and changed his perspective. “I had so much imposter syndrome when HIMYM started, thought I’d be found out, kicked off set & sent home. When I’d run into Bob on the Fox lot in those early days he’d gush over my performance & tell me how he was studying me to make sure his vocal performance felt right. 

Despite being a Hollywood star, Saget was also a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Saget’s sister was diagnosed with scleroderma at age 43 and died at 47 in 1994. He then wrote the 1996 TV movie For Hope, a story loosely based on Gay’s story. The film helped raise awareness around the disease, and Saget continued his advocacy for another two decades.  

Saget’s cause of death has not been determined, but authorities believe no foul play or drugs were involved. 

Saget’s family has issued a statement regarding his death late last night. “We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today,” the Saget family said in the statement. “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.”

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