Comedian Bob Saget died of head trauma, medical examiner says

Comedian and actor Bob Saget, who was found dead in a hotel room in Orlando, Fla., last month at age 65, died from blunt head trauma, likely from an "unwitnessed fall," medical examiner Joshua Stephany says.

Full House star found dead in Florida hotel room last month at age 65

Actor and comedian Bob Saget's family has released a statement about the cause of his death in Florida last month, saying he died from an accidental blow to the head. (Richard Shotwell/Invision//The Associated Press)

A medical examiner in Florida says comedian and actor Bob Saget died from blunt head trauma, likely from an "unwitnessed fall."

Saget was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Jan. 9 at age 65, after performing standup comedy the night before.

Thursday's statement from medical examiner Joshua Stephany in Orlando says a toxicology analysis didn't show any illicit drugs or toxins in Saget's body and that his death was an accident.

That conclusion was first announced by the family of the Full House star. Saget most likely hit the back of his head and "thought nothing of it and went to sleep," his family said in a statement to Reuters. No drugs or alcohol were involved.

"As we continue to mourn together, we ask everyone to remember the love and laughter that Bob brought to this world, and the lessons he taught us all," the statement said. 

Emergency responders found the actor unresponsive on Jan. 9 in a room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando and pronounced him dead at the scene, the Orange County sheriff's office said at the time.

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Saget had just started a comedy tour and performed near the city of Jacksonville, Fla., the night before. In his last Instagram post, he reflected on the "really nice audience" and "lots of positivity."

"I guess I'm finding my new voice and loving every moment of it," he wrote. 

Saget played widowed father Danny Tanner on Full House from 1987 to 1995, and also appeared on a sequel called Fuller House from 2016 to 2020. In the show, Tanner shared his home with his three daughters, his brother-in-law and best friend.

The actor also hosted the TV series America's Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997.

With files from The Associated Press