New details surface in Bob Saget death investigation

‘It’s definitely an unusual case,’ an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy says

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Authorities investigating the death of Bob Saget have shed new light on the comedian’s final hours.

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Earlier this month, his family revealed that the 65-year-old actor died on Jan. 9 after accidentally hitting his head in an Orlando, Fla., hotel room. Saget, they said, “thought nothing of it and went to sleep.”

“As we continue to mourn together, we ask everyone to remember the love and laughter that Bob brought to this world, and the lessons he taught us all,” the family added.

But questions continued to swirl after an autopsy revealed that Saget’s injuries were consistent with a car crash or being attacked with a baseball bat. The Full House star’s wife Kelly Rizzo, and three daughters Aubrey, Lara and Jennifer successfully sued to block the release of records related to his death investigation. But PEOPLE now reports that authorities believe Saget lost consciousness in his hotel bathroom, fell backwards and hit his head.

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Then, groggy from his injury, Saget woke up and “stumbled into bed, where he again lost consciousness and died.”

According to PEOPLE, authorities, who have viewed security cam footage of Saget after he returned to the hotel following a stand-up show in Jacksonville, said that he seemed fine.

A hotel employee at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes told the mag that he was “waving to people in the lobby.”

“When people asked for selfies, he would run over and grab their phones to take the pictures with them, joking the whole time. He was a ball of happy, positive energy.”

Bob Saget and his wife Kelly Rizzo arrive for the Showtime series “Shameless” FYC red carpet event at the Linwood Dunn theatre in Hollywood on March 6, 2019.
Bob Saget and his wife Kelly Rizzo arrive for the Showtime series “Shameless” FYC red carpet event at the Linwood Dunn theatre in Hollywood on March 6, 2019. Photo by CHRIS DELMAS /AFP via Getty Images

After the release of Saget’s autopsy results earlier this month, the New York Times reported that the America’s Funniest Home Videos host suffered “an unmistakably serious set of injuries,” with fractures to the back of the head and around his eyes that would have left him confused if not unconscious.

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“I doubt he was lucid,” said Dr. Jeffrey Bazarian, an emergency physician and concussion expert at the University of Rochester Medical Center, “and doubt he thought, ‘I’m just going to sleep this off.’”

“This is significant trauma,” added Dr. Gavin Britz, the chair of 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.”

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No alcohol or illegal drugs were detected in the actor’s system, according to the autopsy, and authorities ruled out foul play telling PEOPLE that Saget entered his room at 2:17 a.m. with the door not opening again until the following afternoon when hotel security was asked to check on him.

Saget’s death was estimated to have happened at around 4 a.m.

“It’s definitely an unusual case,” an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy added. “There are still a lot of unanswered questions.”

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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