Pete Davidson Has An Important Message About Bob Saget And Mental Health

The comedy world is reeling following the sudden death of beloved actor Bob Saget. Per The Guardian, Saget, who was most well-known for his breakout role as devoted single father Danny Tanner, in sitcom "Full House," passed away at the age of just 65. Although no cause of death has yet been revealed, the Orange County sheriff's office confirmed neither foul play nor drug use were suspected. Saget was found unresponsive in his Orlando hotel room, having performed a stand-up show in nearby Jacksonville the previous night. He was midway through a nationwide comedy tour at the time.

Celebrities rushed to pay tribute to Saget, with "Daily Show" alum Jon Stewart describing him as "just the nicest and funniest guy," while fellow comedian Drew Carey admitted, "Well this one hurts. I loved Bob Saget. He gave me so much encouragement when I first started out. He was a real friend to me too. Not just a mentor. I always looked up to him. He was SO damn funny and so kind," and Kathy Griffin shared, "You couldn't find a nicer or sharper wit than Bob Saget. Shocked and devastated." Elsewhere, podcaster Marc Maron described the actor as, "Truly one of the nicest guys and so funny."

Although comedian and "Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson foregoes social media completely, he shared a sweet message in memoriam of Saget through a friend.

Pete Davidson thanked Bob Saget for being a friend

Pete Davidson shared his personal connection with the late Bob Saget in a short statement, posted to Twitter and Instagram by "SNL" writer and fellow comedian Dave Sirus. "Bob Saget was one of the nicest men on the planet," Davidson began. "When I was younger and several times throughout our friendship he helped me get through some rough mental health stuff. He stayed on the phone with my mom for hours trying to help in anyway he can — connecting us with doctors and new things we can try. He would check in on me and make sure I was okay." 

Davidson culminated his statement by noting it was "an honor" to know Saget personally. The "Full House" star had a history of providing moral support to friends and fans alike. He had an in-depth chat with fellow comedian, Howie Mandel, about mental health on the hit podcast "Bob Saget's Here for You" (via Apple Podcasts). The two discussed coping strategies in difficult times, particularly when their careers were floundering in the early days. 

Bob Saget wanted to help people any way he could

As the Los Angeles Times reported, in April 2020, Bob Saget was inspired to launch "Bob Saget's Here for You," in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to help people feel less alone. Listeners were given the opportunity to call in and have a chat with Saget about whatever they liked, with the beloved star reasoning, "I've always had a thing with people that I could talk to them like I know them already, and I'm in a place in my life where people feel like they know me already." He added, "It's so rewarding."

Naturally, the premise proved to be a major hit, with Saget providing commentary on callers' favorite "Full House" moments, comforting them over losing loved ones to COVID, and even offering comedy advice. In fact, the comedian admitted he always wanted to be a doctor. "I guess this is me being a doctor in my own way," he said. "I can't wait to talk to people later today." Clearly, providing love and support to others was something that came naturally to Saget.