'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.'
Bob Saget, the actor and comedian best known by audiences as the wholesome patriarch Danny Tanner on the much-loved 80s sitcom Full House, has died at the age of 65. In a statement posted on Twitter, the Orange County Sheriff's office confirmed that the star was found dead in a hotel room on Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. "Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room. The man was identified as Robert Saget & pronounced deceased on scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case," the statement revealed.
Saget was reportedly in Florida as part of his comedy tour and had performed on Saturday night at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. "Loved tonight's show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience. Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening. I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I'm happily addicted again to this s**t," he tweeted after the show. Following news of his death, the late Full House star's family released a statement to CNN. "We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today," the statement reads.
Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience. Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening. I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this shit. Check https://t.co/nqJyTiiezU for my dates in 2022. pic.twitter.com/pEgFuXxLd3— bob saget (@bobsaget) January 9, 2022
"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," it adds. Philadelphia-born Saget, though known for his raunchy humor on stage and among his friends, first shot to fame as the widowed father of three girls on ABC's family-friendly show, Full House, and then as host of the network's popular America's Funniest Home Videos show.
Bob Saget's 'Full House' costars react to his death: "One of the best human beings I've ever known in my life." https://t.co/68b6FgYR6i— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 10, 2022
Speaking to Jake Tapper in a July 2021 interview, Saget revealed that the track of his career was rather unexpected. "Full House was an accident. I got fired on CBS and was asked to be in Full House," he said. "I'm close with all the kids. It doesn't happen a lot in the world where you stay close with all the people. We're an unusual cast in that way that I have been able to remain close with everybody, because I don't take eight years of my life lightly and then the other five or six years, six seasons."
Several of Saget's Full House co-stars expressed grief over his sudden demise in heartfelt tributes on Twitter. "I am broken. I am gutted," John Stamos wrote on Twitter. "I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby." According to ABC News, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen responded to Saget's death in an emotional statement that said: "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. We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences."
Bob Saget's "Full House" co-star Dave Coulier on the death of the actor and comedian at age 65: "My heart is broken. I love you, Bob. Your forever brother, Dave." https://t.co/xiT6ZR7D6t pic.twitter.com/sfuBwDec70— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2022
Bob Saget's "Full House" co-star John Stamos on the death of the actor and comedian at age 65: "I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock." https://t.co/hogA271DEw pic.twitter.com/hd14ySE1rz— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2022
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on death of Bob Saget: "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.” https://t.co/kHSE3o3WmT pic.twitter.com/rPueVfgP7N— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2022
Saget briefly reflected on his thoughts about death in an Instagram tribute to Betty White following the icon's death, writing: "She always said the love of her life was her husband, Allen Ludden, who she lost in 1981. Well, if things work out by Betty's design -- in the afterlife, they are reunited. I don't know what happens when we die, but if Betty says you get to be with the love of your life, then I happily defer to Betty on this." Saget is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo and his three daughters—Aubrey, Lara, and Jennifer—who he shares with his first wife, Sherri Kramer.