The Heartbreaking Death Of Bob Saget

Bob Saget, best known for his starring turn in "Full House," died suddenly on January 9, 2022. The actor and comedian was just 65.

The entertainment outlet TMZ broke the news, citing a number of sources, and the Orange County Sheriff's Office has confirmed his death. They announced in a tweet Sunday evening, "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."

Saget had just kicked off his latest tour, called the "I Don't Do Negative Tour," per his Twitter account. "Loving beyond words being on tour — And doing an all new show of standup and music," he wrote. "Hope to see you out there." His cross-country tour was to have run through June 2022.

It was a tragic and far too early end to a successful career and a beloved actor. Born in Philadelphia to a supermarket executive and hospital administrator, Robert Lane Saget expressed an early interest in entertainment. "I started making 8-millimeter movies when I was nine," he told Ability magazine. He went on to study film at Temple University, where one of his short documentaries earned a Student Academy Award. Following college, he worked with the legendary Groundlings comedy group, which helped springboard him to comedy success.

Bob Saget was 'everyone's favorite dad'

After appearing on a couple of film and television projects, Bob Saget landed his starring role in "Full House" as Danny Tanner, the widowed dad who asks his brother-in-law and his best friend to help him raise his young daughters. The show was an immediate hit, running from 1987 to 1995, and earned Saget the unofficial nickname of "America's Dad" (via News4Jax). 

A year after "Full House" debuted, Saget was offered another job he couldn't resist. "I I was asked if I wanted to host a clip show of people getting hit in the nuts — so I did 'America's Funniest Home Videos' for eight years," he told Ability magazine. Following the end of his run in both series, Saget enjoyed a steady career with roles in such works as "Entourage," "Surviving Suburbia," "The Life & Times of Tim," and the sequel show "Fuller House." He also played the unseen narrator in "How I Met Your Mother." 

As a standup comedian, Saget defied his clean-cut Danny Tanner image with his love for raunchy, but hilarious material. "[W]hat I would hate is for parents to put their kids down in front of the television and go, 'We're going to go out to dinner tonight. You just watch the dad from 'Full House,'" Saget once said (via The Seattle Times). "They're going to come home and the poor kid's head is going to be spinning around and he'll be levitating."

Saget is survived by his second wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three daughters, Aubrey, Lara, and Jennifer. He was previously married to Sherri Kramer (via Heavy).