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Bob Saget, Beloved TV Dad of ‘Full House,’ Dead at 65 – NBC 6 South Florida

Bob Saget, the comedian known for his role as lovable single father Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House” and as the host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” has died, according to authorities in Florida. He was 65 years old.

Representatives in Orange County, Florida, were called Sunday about an “unresponsive man” in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando and Saget was found dead, according to a Twitter Sheriff statement. Investigators found “no signs of gaming or drug use in this case.”

Saget was in Florida as part of the I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour. After a warm public reception for his gigs Friday in Orlando and Saturday in the Ponte Vedra Beach Resort area, he celebrated online.

On Saturday, he posted on Instagram: “I’m back in comedy as I was when I was 26. I think I’m finding my new voice and I love every moment of it.”

Fellow comedians and friends praised Saget not only for his intelligence, but his kindness as well.

“I’m shattered. I’m burned out. I’m in complete and utter shock. I’ll never have another boyfriend like him,” wrote John Stamos, who co-starred with Saget at Full House. “I love you so much Bobby.”

Norman Lear, who described Saget as a close friend, wrote that the comedian “was a wonderful human being as much as he was funny. And in my opinion, he was hilarious.”

Actor Richard Lewis wrote on Twitter: “Often in a ruthless act, he has not only been historically just plain hilarious, but more importantly one of the kindest human beings I have ever met in my career.”

Saget’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As a stand-up comedian, Saget showed his other side with what became a much-talked-about cameo in the 2005 documentary “The Aristocrats” — where he blasted 100 comics for the world’s dirtiest joke — which revealed his notorious sense of humor. .

Longtime presenter of “Funny Home Videos in America,” Saget played a stark clean widower and father of three young girls in “Full House,” the ABC sitcom that also brought fame to Olsen twins Mary-Kate and Ashley when it debuted in 1987.

The popularity of the program did not deter critics, some called it cowardice and others considered it unrealistic. Sagitt, as friendly and fun in an interview as he was on TV, made great strides.

He said in 2001, “The ‘Full House’ show was kind of a likable show but it’s clearly over the top. It had its own elevated reality, the ‘brilliant’ Willy Wonka quality.”

That year, Saget took another pass in playing a widower with charming children in the short-lived sitcom “Raising Dad.”

He found himself repeatedly answering questions about his habit of playing sitcom widows, and had a ready response: “(Kevin) Costner does three or four baseball movies and that’s fine. There’s a rationale.”

Saget has also focused on directing, including on the HBO movie “The Mind of a Married Man” and the Norm Macdonald movie “Dirty Work.”

He won praise as producer and director of the 1996 television movie For Hope, loosely based on his late sister’s battle with the tissue disease scleroderma, and called for increased federal support for research funding.

He remembered his sister in a January 2020 post, noting that she died when she was 47 and she would have turned 73 that month.

Saget had daughters Aubrey, Lara, and Jennifer from his first wife Sherry Kramer before divorcing in 1997. He married Kelly Rizzo in 2018.


Associated Press writers Lindsey Barr and Beth Harris contributed to this report.

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