Tributes have flooded in for American actor and comedian Bob Saget, who has died aged 65.
The news was confirmed by the Orange County’s Sheriff Office via social media on Sunday (January 9). Per the authorities’ tweet, Saget was found unresponsive in a room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando hotel and pronounced dead on the scene. “Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case,” they said.
Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room. The man was identified as Robert Saget & pronounced deceased on scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case. #BobSaget pic.twitter.com/aB1UKiOlmi
— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) January 10, 2022
Saget had performed a comedy show in Jacksonville, Florida the night before, having recently kicked off a nationwide stand-up tour in September 2021 that was set to run through June of 2022.
“I had no idea I did a two hour set tonight. 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,” Saget wrote on Instagram. “Goin’ everywhere until I get the special shot. And then probably keep going cause I’m addicted to this shit. Peace out.”
Saget was best known for his roles as Danny Tanner in the popular ’80s and ’90s sitcom, Full House, and its Netflix sequel Fuller House.
Saget rose to fame with his portrayal of Tanner, a single father of three daughters who moves in with his brother-in-law (John Stamos) and his best friend (Dave Coulier). While Full House wasn’t a commercial success at the time, it was a fan-favourite with overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Its cult following ushered in a sequel titled Fuller House, produced by Netflix in 2016. Full House also starred Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Candace Cameron Bure and Lori Loughlin.
Saget’s other notable roles include a recurring role as himself on HBO’s Entourage, and as the narrator of How I Met Your Mother. In 2014, Saget released a comedy album entitled ‘That’s What I’m Talking About’, which was for the Best Comedy Album at the Grammys. He also hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997.
Bob Saget is survived by his wife of three years, Kelly Rizzo, and his daughters Lara Saget, Aubrey Saget and Jennifer Saget.
Following the news of his passing, comedians, fellow actors and fans have begun pouring in tributes to the late comedian and actor.
John Stamos, who co-starred in Full House with Saget, said: “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.”
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
Kat Dennings, who played Saget’s on-screen daughter on the US sitcom Raising Dad, said: “I just can’t believe it. What a wonderful guy. He always went out of his way to make me comfortable and talked nonstop about his kids. Such a loss”.
I just can’t believe it. What a wonderful guy. He always went out of his way to make me comfortable and talked nonstop about his kids. Such a loss 💔 pic.twitter.com/Yr6C3R4lEW
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) January 10, 2022
Josh Radnor, who portrayed main character Ted in How I Met Your Mother, the show Saget narrated, wrote a lengthy thread on Twitter about his late co-star.
The message began: “Bob Saget was the older wiser ‘me’ for nine years on How I Met Your Mother. He was the kindest, loveliest, funniest, most supportive man. The easiest person to be around. A mensch among mensches.”
I had so much imposter syndrome when HIMYM started, thought I’d be found out, kicked off set & sent home. When I'd run into Bob on the Fox lot in those early days he'd gush over my performance & tell me how he was studying me to make sure his vocal performance felt right. 2/7
— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) January 10, 2022
He added: “We had a very special bond from Day 1, were never out of touch for long. We found a way to grab dinner once a year, even after HIMYM wrapped. We went to see each other in our Broadway plays. We talked a lot about how to live a meaningful life amidst all the chaos.”
We had a very special bond from Day 1, were never out of touch for long. We found a way to grab dinner once a year, even after HIMYM wrapped. We went to see each other in our Broadway plays. We talked a lot about how to live a meaningful life amidst all the chaos. 4/7
— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) January 10, 2022
I’m endlessly grateful that HIMYM brought Bob Saget into my life. I’ll hear his voice in my head for the rest of my days. /end pic.twitter.com/ZmRyYiuaul
— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) January 10, 2022
See a host of tributes to Saget below:
Bob was at my house in October interviewing me for a documentary. He was sharp and dark and funny as always and we were gonna catch up over coffee when he was done editing and now I’m crying FUCK #RIPBobSaget pic.twitter.com/wgrp3cOXGE
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 10, 2022
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
Nice guys DO finish first. Beyond his considerable talents, Bob Saget was a kind and gentle presence that always made every one in the room feel at ease. A sweeter man there never was. And a wicked sense of humor that would make you howl with laughter.
God bless you, Bob pic.twitter.com/eUgXP1i1kl
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) January 10, 2022
I’m shocked and saddened to learn that Bob Saget is gone. A great friend and one of the funniest and sweetest people I have ever known. My love to his beautiful family.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) January 10, 2022
Sail on my friend Bob Saget With your huge heart and abject lunacy,my condolences to his daughters & other family
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) January 10, 2022
Terribly sad news great friend, great comedian and wonderful man Bob Saget passed. Hit me hard. Prayers and my open heart to his family. @bobsaget
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) January 10, 2022
So sad about Bob Saget. Rest In Peace.
— Danny DeVito (@DannyDeVito) January 10, 2022
Bob Saget was so kind and when you spent time with him he made you laugh hard. He loved to be funny and he was hysterical. He was also there for everyone. A beautiful soul. pic.twitter.com/jQuv5cAkuT
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 10, 2022
Bob Saget was the kindest, warmest male comic there was. I loved it whenever I saw him, or heard from him. He was the guy that everyone loved. Love you, Bob Saget. You will be missed and loved for a long time.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) January 10, 2022
Wow!!! RIP Bob Saget. Prayers to your family and loved ones.❤️❤️❤️
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 10, 2022
RIP bob Saget – I was lucky to meet him once or twice –
Over the years I’ve only heard such great things about him from anyone he knew or was close to in comedy world .
I loved seeing him in the aristocrats- a comedy film I adore
— John Cusack (@johncusack) January 10, 2022
Bob Saget was funny and kind, but also, let’s not forgot, for people my age, he was the original Hot Dad. It’s not important but it’s true
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) January 10, 2022
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on death of Bob Saget: "Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has.” https://t.co/kHSE3o3WmT pic.twitter.com/rPueVfgP7N
— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2022
Just the funniest and nicest…
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) January 10, 2022
Still in shock. I just spoke with Bob a few days ago. We stayed on the phone as usual making each other laugh. RIP to friend, comedian & fellow Aristocrat Bob Saget. pic.twitter.com/TDKT8JoULq
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) January 10, 2022
Lost a great guy and a friend.
RIP Bob Saget https://t.co/xWse8pNqCk
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) January 10, 2022
I have always and will always love Bob Saget. https://t.co/dAlMU913Wc
— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) January 3, 2022
Quick Bob Saget story. I’m playing at Encore in Vegas & Bob comes to the booth. We chat for a few & he’s legit the kindest guy. Later he comes back & goes “I was trying to find out what song was playing and it’s you!” He holds up his phone & it’s a Shazam of Deep Down Low. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/gFKjNi8va7
— 💰VALENTINO KHAN 💰 (@ValentinoKhan) January 10, 2022
RIP to @bobsaget! It was proud to call you a friend. One of the greatest comedians ever & a Philly legend. 🙏🙏
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) January 10, 2022
Fuck! Saget would have wanted something tweeted that was really funny and in very bad taste. I can’t do that. I’m just so sad. Bob was just great on every level and we will all miss him. #BobSaget pic.twitter.com/EM3EwHIcjx
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) January 10, 2022
— Dave Sirus (Brick) (@DaveSirus) January 10, 2022
I’m so shocked at @bobsaget’s passing. One of the most kind & thoughtful people I’ve ever come across & he just happened to be one of the funniest on the planet. I will miss you so much Bob. Love you dear friend. I’m so sorry @kellyrizzo. And so sorry to the rest of the family.
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) January 10, 2022
I am in shock. I am so numb right now.
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) January 10, 2022
Oh no. RIP Bob Saget. Truly one of the nicest guys and so funny. Very sad.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) January 10, 2022
He was truly one the nicest people EVER. Really. Just wow I’m sad about this. Rip to #BobSagat
— Certified ?uestlover (@questlove) January 10, 2022
BOB … it was great to know you … Oh are you going to make God blush https://t.co/73YihoSRSr
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) January 10, 2022