Bob Saget, the actor-comedian who left his mark in the television world with his starring roles in “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” was found dead in an Orlando hotel room Sunday. The local county sheriff’s office confirmed his death at the age of 65 in a Sunday tweet.
“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,” the tweet said. “Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.” In a statement following the news, a member of the Saget family said, “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.”
Saget’s death came as a surprise to many, as it happened while Saget was on his “I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour.” He had posted on social media about the tour as recently as the night before his death.
“I had no idea I did a two hour set tonight,” Saget said in an Instagram post after a show in Jacksonville Saturday night. “I’m back in comedy like I was when I was 26. I guess I’m finding my new voice and loving every moment of it.”
Tributes to Saget quickly began rolling in from his “Full House” co-stars following the news of his death. John Stamos said he was “broken,” “gutted” and “in complete and utter shock” by the news.
“I will never ever have another friend like him,” Stamos said. “I love you so much Bobby.” Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who were launched into fame from the show, released a joint statement describing Saget as “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,” the Olsens said.
Saget’s death is the latest in a string of celebrity deaths in the last couple weeks. NFL legend John Madden died at 85 late last year, with celebrated actress Betty White dying at 99 just a few days later. Sidney Poitier, the first Black “Best Actor” Oscar winner, died at 94 last week.