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Bob Saget died of head trauma, Florida medical examiner finds

The “Full House” actor and comedian also tested positive for Covid-19, but that did not play a role in his death.
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Bob Saget, the actor best known for his role as the father on “Full House,” died of head trauma and tested positive for Covid-19, a Florida medical examiner's report revealed on Thursday.

Saget, 65, was found dead Jan. 9 in his hotel room the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, in Florida.

“The authorities have determined that Bob passed from head trauma. They have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep," the Saget family in a statement on Wednesday, first revealing the comedian's cause of death. "No drugs or alcohol were involved.”

Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany on Thursday confirmed the family's statement and ruled Saget's death an accident.

"In consideration of the circumstances surrounding the death ... it is my opinion that the death of Robert Saget, a 65-year-old white male found unresponsive in a hotel room, is the result of a blunt head trauma," according to Stephany.

"It is most probable that the decedent suffered an unwitnessed fall backwards and struck the posterior aspect of his head."

Saget also tested positive for Covid-19, the medical examiner found, confirming an earlier family statement. That finding was not linked to his death.

The medical examiner has previously said there was no evidence of drug use or foul play. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office had said the same thing at the time.

Saget was on his “I Don’t Do Negative" comedy tour, which had three scheduled appearances in Florida.

Image: Bob Saget ahead of a stand-up comedy show in Melbourne, Australia, on May 13, 2014.
Bob Saget before a stand-up comedy show in Melbourne, Australia, on May 13, 2014.James Brickwood / The Sydney Morning Herald / Fairfax Media via Getty Images file

In the statement, Saget's family thanked fans for what they said was an outpouring of love.

“We ask everyone to remember the love and laughter that Bob brought to this world, and the lessons he taught us all: to be kind to everyone, to let the people you love know you love them, and to face difficult times with hugs and laughter," his family said.