America’s favorite Bob


“Full House” character Danny Tanner. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (AFV) host. Comedian. America’s Dad. The beloved actor Bob Saget unexpectedly died on Jan. 9, at only 65 years old.  

On Saturday, Jan. 8, Saget performed a two-hour comedy show in the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and returned to his hotel at around 2 a.m. Everything appeared normal about Saget until hotel security found him dead in his room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida after his family called for a wellness check when he missed his check-out time and had been unable to contact him. He was unresponsive and pronounced deceased at the scene. While the cause of death is undetermined, the medical examiner ruled out foul play, criminal violence or murder, and drug use.  

“The cause and manner of death are pending further studies and investigation, which may take up to 10-12 weeks to complete,” Joshua Stephany, Orange and Osceola Counties chief medical examiner, said in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment.  

Over 300 people attended Saget’s funeral, including his “Full House” co-stars Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Bure, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, on Friday, Jan. 14, at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills. John Stamos was also in attendance, and he gave a heart-warming speech about his friendship with Saget and served as a pallbearer.  

“Bob, I will never, ever have another friend like you. You will always be my best friend. You are my new guardian angel,” Stamos said in his speech 

After his death was announced to the public, Saget’s friends and family began commemorating him through social media posts and public messages. On Jan. 14, AFV posted a YouTube video paying tribute to Saget’s time as the show’s host. The video montage showed clips from past episodes and his interview for the 20th anniversary special with Tom Bergeron, a past AFV host. His fans have also been honoring him by leaving items such as flowers and food on the front doorstep of the house used in the 90s sitcom “Full House” where Saget starred as Danny Tanner and earned his nickname as “America’s Dad.”  

‘“Full House’ was one of my favorite shows as a kid, so growing up alongside the characters, especially Danny Tanner, impacted me in a big way,” Savannah Pullen, freshman, said.  

Saget’s legacy still lives on through his donations to the Scleroderma Research Foundation, where he was on the Board of Directors. He was a big contributor to this foundation after his sister, Gay Saget, died of scleroderma in 1994. Click here to donate to the Scleroderma Research Foundation. 

Saget’s friends, family, and fans continue to mourn the loss of an entertainment legend.