Bob Saget’s fractures may have been caused by fall on carpet, report says

On Tuesday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released a final report on Bob Saget’s death in Orlando. “Yesterday, a court order was entered prohibiting the release of certain materials gathered during the course of OCSO’s investigation into the death of Bob Saget. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will comply with the order, while remaining committed to transparency and following the law regarding access to public records,” the office wrote in an email. Not much of the report was new. However, the doctor that performed the autopsy noted that the fractures in Saget’s eye sockets and bleeding around his brain were possibly caused by the comedian hitting “something hard, covered by something soft,” such as a carpeted floor.In light of the autopsy findings, investigators reexamined Saget’s hotel room. “The countertops, tables, nightstands, and other hard furniture in the room all had sharply defined edges and corners and were thought to be unlikely due to the fact that they would have lacerated the skin,” the report states. “Most of the chairs and couches were thickly upholstered and were too soft to have caused the type and extent of injury Mr. Saget suffered.”Nothing in the room could be identified as the definite mechanism of injury.The doctor stated that he could not definitively identify when Saget received his head wound, but that he believed it was probably within hours of his death. However, he stated that after Saget received the head injury, he would have exhibited signs that something was wrong.Investigators spoke with multiple people that interacted with Saget in the days and hours leading up to his death. All people interviewed told police that the comedian seemed fine and did not appear to be injured or impaired in any way.A photo taken at the request of the valet at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando in the early morning hours on Jan. 9 showed no visual evidence of injury or trauma to Saget’s face, the report says.Saget was found by a hotel security officer on his hotel bed at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando on Jan. 9. His death has been ruled accidental.In the initial death investigation, the report stated that Saget was expected to check out of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando Sunday, Jan. 9. But his family was unable to contact him. Records showed the last time he used his key card to enter his room was 2:17 a.m. Sunday.Family members contacted hotel security who sent a team member to perform a welfare check.When the security team member entered the room, he noted all the lights were off.Investigators found no signs of foul play. The room was “orderly” with Bob Saget’s items on the nightstand, TV stand, closet and bathroom.According to the report, Saget’s “left arm was across his chest while his right arm was resting on the bed. No signs of trauma were seen.”Investigators found no signs of foul play.The official autopsy report states Saget had an abrasion on the back of his head and a subdural hematoma, or build-up of blood on his brain.The report concludes, “It is most probable that the decedent suffered an unwitnessed fall backwards and struck the posterior aspect of his head. The manner of death is accident.”The autopsy report also says he was positive for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an individual can continue to test positive for the virus for up to three months after they are infected. Saget had talked about a previous battle with COVID-19 on a podcast one week before his death.”In consideration of the circumstances surrounding the death and after examination of the body, toxicology analysis, histology and a respiratory pathogen panel, it is my opinion that the death of Mr. Saget, was the result of blunt head trauma. His injuries were most likely incurred from an unwitnessed fall. A toxicology analysis did not reveal any illicit drugs or toxins. The manner of death is accident,” the statement from Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany reads.

On Tuesday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office released a final report on Bob Saget’s death in Orlando.

“Yesterday, a court order was entered prohibiting the release of certain materials gathered during the course of OCSO’s investigation into the death of Bob Saget. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will comply with the order, while remaining committed to transparency and following the law regarding access to public records,” the office wrote in an email.

Not much of the report was new. However, the doctor that performed the autopsy noted that the fractures in Saget’s eye sockets and bleeding around his brain were possibly caused by the comedian hitting “something hard, covered by something soft,” such as a carpeted floor.

In light of the autopsy findings, investigators reexamined Saget’s hotel room.

“The countertops, tables, nightstands, and other hard furniture in the room all had sharply defined edges and corners and were thought to be unlikely due to the fact that they would have lacerated the skin,” the report states. “Most of the chairs and couches were thickly upholstered and were too soft to have caused the type and extent of injury Mr. Saget suffered.”

Nothing in the room could be identified as the definite mechanism of injury.

The doctor stated that he could not definitively identify when Saget received his head wound, but that he believed it was probably within hours of his death. However, he stated that after Saget received the head injury, he would have exhibited signs that something was wrong.

Investigators spoke with multiple people that interacted with Saget in the days and hours leading up to his death. All people interviewed told police that the comedian seemed fine and did not appear to be injured or impaired in any way.

A photo taken at the request of the valet at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando in the early morning hours on Jan. 9 showed no visual evidence of injury or trauma to Saget’s face, the report says.

Saget was found by a hotel security officer on his hotel bed at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando on Jan. 9.

His death has been ruled accidental.

In the initial death investigation, the report stated that Saget was expected to check out of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando Sunday, Jan. 9. But his family was unable to contact him. Records showed the last time he used his key card to enter his room was 2:17 a.m. Sunday.

Family members contacted hotel security who sent a team member to perform a welfare check.

When the security team member entered the room, he noted all the lights were off.

Investigators found no signs of foul play. The room was “orderly” with Bob Saget’s items on the nightstand, TV stand, closet and bathroom.

According to the report, Saget’s “left arm was across his chest while his right arm was resting on the bed. No signs of trauma were seen.”

Investigators found no signs of foul play.

The official autopsy report states Saget had an abrasion on the back of his head and a subdural hematoma, or build-up of blood on his brain.

The report concludes, “It is most probable that the decedent suffered an unwitnessed fall backwards and struck the posterior aspect of his head. The manner of death is accident.”

The autopsy report also says he was positive for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an individual can continue to test positive for the virus for up to three months after they are infected. Saget had talked about a previous battle with COVID-19 on a podcast one week before his death.

“In consideration of the circumstances surrounding the death and after examination of the body, toxicology analysis, histology and a respiratory pathogen panel, it is my opinion that the death of Mr. Saget, was the result of blunt head trauma. His injuries were most likely incurred from an unwitnessed fall. A toxicology analysis did not reveal any illicit drugs or toxins. The manner of death is accident,” the statement from Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany reads.

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