The US actor and comedian Bob Saget, best known for starring in the sitcom Full House, died suddenly at age 65, his family announced on Sunday evening.
The actor was found unresponsive by staff in his room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.
The Sheriff’s Department said that detectives had found no signs of foul play or drug use during initial inquiries.
Saget, a veteran stand-up comedian, had just started a new comedy tour across the US, performing as recently as Saturday night in the city of Jacksonville, Florida.
After the show he had expressed his joy at being back on stage in a post on his Instagram page, telling fans that he was “happily addicted” to his craft.
“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,” he said.
Saget best known for his role in the sitcom Full House
Although Saget was idolized by many comedians for his profane and often cutting act, he was best known in the US for his role in the sitcom Full House, where he starred alongside the actors John Stamos and fellow comic Dave Coulier.
I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) January 10, 2022
He won plaudits for his portrayal of Danny Tanner, a widowed father of three daughters, playing the role from 1987 to 1995.
From 1989 to 1997, he was the original host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. Saget was also known for his adult-oriented stand-up comedy, and his 2014 album That’s What I’m Talkin’ About was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Beautiful Bob Saget passed away today at 65. He had a big, big heart and a wonderfully warped comic mind. He gave the world a lot of joy and lived his life for goodness’ sake. :’^} pic.twitter.com/QVSITsfaVj
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) January 10, 2022
Saget was born in Philadelphia on May 17, 1956, to a Jewish family. His father, Benjamin (1917–2007), was a supermarket executive, and his mother, Rosalyn “Dolly” (1925–2014), was a hospital administrator.
Saget lived in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles before moving back to Philadelphia and graduating from Abington Senior High School in 1975.
Saget originally intended to become a doctor, but his Honors English teacher, Elaine Zimmerman, saw his creative potential and urged him to seek a career in film.