According to officials in Florida, Bob Saget, the actor-comedian best known for his roles as Danny Tanner on the sitcom «Full House» and as the wisecracking presenter of «America’s Funniest Home Videos,» has died. He was 65 years old at the time.
According to a sheriff’s statement on Twitter, deputies in Orange County, Florida, were alerted about a «unresponsive guy» in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando on Sunday and found Saget dead. «There were no signs of foul play or drug usage in this case,» detectives said.
The «I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour» brought Saget to Florida. He celebrated online after receiving enthusiastic applause at his performances in Orlando on Friday and the Ponte Vedra Beach vacation area on Saturday.
«I’m back in comedy, just as I was when I was 26 years old. I suppose I’m discovering my new voice and loving every minute of it «On Saturday, he shared a photo on Instagram.
Saget was recognized not only for his wit but also for his generosity, by fellow comedians and friends.
«I’m shattered. I’m devastated. I’m in a state of complete and total disbelief. «I’ll never have another friend like him,» wrote the author of «Full House.» «John Stamos, who plays a co-star in the film. «I adore you, Bobby,» I say.
Saget was written by Norman Lear, who referred to him as a close friend «He was as charming as he was amusing. And he was, in my opinion, hilarious.»
«He was historically not only hilarious but more importantly one of the finest human beings I ever met in my career,» actor Richard Lewis remarked on Twitter.
A request for a response from Saget’s representative was not immediately returned.
With a much-talked-about cameo in the 2005 documentary «The Aristocrats» — in which 100 comedians riffed on the world’s dirtiest joke — Saget the stand-up displayed his notoriously filthy sense of humour.
On «Full House,» the ABC sitcom that also made the Olsen twins Mary-Kate and Ashley famous when it premiered in 1987, Saget played a squeaky clean widower and father to three young daughters.
The show’s popularity didn’t deter detractors, who labelled it as corny and unrealistic. In an interview, Saget was as affable and witty as he was on TV screens, and he took the jabs in stride.
«‘Full House’ was a warm and fuzzy program that was clearly over the top. It had a shiny Willy Wonka look to it, with its heightened reality «In 2001, he stated.
Saget tried again the following year in the short-lived sitcom «Raising Dad,» playing a widowed father with endearing children.
He was frequently asked about his tendency of playing sitcom widowers, to which he had a quick response: «It’s fine if (Kevin) Costner makes three or four baseball movies. That’s my justification.»
Saget has dabbled in directing, with credits including HBO’s «The Mind of the Married Man» and Norm Macdonald’s «Dirty Work.»
He received accolades as the producer-director of the 1996 television film «For Hope,» which was partially based on his late sister Gay’s battle with the tissue disease scleroderma, and he advocated for additional federal research funding.
In a January 2020 post, he honoured his sister, noting that she died when she was 47 and would have turned 73 that month.
Before divorcing in 1997, Saget had three daughters with his first wife Sherri Kramer: Aubrey, Lara, and Jennifer. In 2018, he married Kelly Rizzo.