Beloved TV dad and comedian Bob Saget has passed away at just 65

Beloved TV dad, prolific actor and bawdy comedian Bob Saget has passed away. Orange County, Florida police confirmed yesterday that he was found at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. There is no cause of death yet and it is not being considered foul play. Saget was in Florida for his comedy tour and tweeted appreciation after his set in Jacksonville Saturday night. He was just 65 and is survived by daughters Aubrey, 34, Lara, 32, Jennifer, 29, and his wife of three years, Kelly Rizzo.

Bob Saget, the comedian and actor arguably known best by audiences as wholesome patriarch Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House,” has died, his family confirmed in a statement to CNN.

He was 65.

“We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today,” the Saget family said in their statement. “He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter. Though we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world.”

Saget was found dead in a hotel room on Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

“The man was identified as Robert Saget & pronounced deceased on scene. Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case,” the Sheriff’s statement read.

The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner, the Sheriff’s office added.

Saget was in Florida as part of his comedy tour. According to tour dates pinned to his Twitter account, he performed Saturday night at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

[From CNN]

So many of Saget’s friends and colleagues are sharing memories and shock at his passing. He was known as a kind, thoughtful man and he was universally beloved. I’ll always remember him as Danny Tanner on Full House and as a parody of himself on Entourage. We’ve lost too many good people the last few weeks and this one hits hard. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.

Bob at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s high school graduation in 2004:

With Norm McDonald:

photos credit:, Backgrid and via Instagram

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  1. Zen says:

    This is so sad and shocking. He was OUR TV dad. Why are there always a few shocking deaths right at the beginning of a new year?

    • Veronica S. says:

      In all seriousness, it’s really common to see in hospitals. The chronically ill try to hold out until after the new year so their families don’t have to associate their deaths with the holiday. You’ll see census go down in December and slowly wind back up during January and February.

  2. Merricat says:

    65 is so young, too young to die.

  3. Laalaa says:

    As the Full House was THE American show here in Croatia when I was growing up, plus not having a dad in my life as a kid, this makes me so sad…. He was truly a great man.
    The photo on Olsens’ graduation… 🙁

    • NoisyCat says:

      @laalaa – We visited Croatia (Dubrovnik) this fall and LOVED it. Seriously, we still crow about our trip to anyone who doesn’t run away fast enough. You have a beautiful country!
      My parents didn’t let us watch Full House…I’m assuming because of Bob Saget’s stand-up humor. As an adult, it didn’t strike me as anything worse than what you’d hear from any other comedian. RIP, Mr. Saget.

  4. Liz Version 700 says:

    Man this has been a rough start to the year for beloved actors! He was definitely the dad of my generation. So so sad

  5. Seaflower says:

    Vale Bob, you were father for a generation.

  6. Normades says:

    Everyone says what a great dude he was. So sad.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Yes, everyone in the comedy community is focused on what a kind and generous person he was. It speaks volumes.

    • blairski says:

      My husband works in the industry and he says he’s heard only lovely things about the man. So sad.

  7. Jessica says:

    He came and did a set at my (Catholic!) college. My stomach hurt from laughing by the end, though it did give me weird feelings to hear Danny Tanner be so bawdy. Love the pic of him at MK&A graduation.

  8. Sunshine says:

    This has saddened both my daughter and I. This comes right after finding out about our beloved Sidney Poitier as well.
    May he rest in peace 🙏🏾

  9. Jezz says:

    Shocking. And so sad. His Aristocrats bit was so extreme, I’ll never forget it. Must have been a great friend. 🙁

  10. Abby says:

    Seeing this news made me gasp. I’m so sad! I do feel like he was America’s Dad. Grew up on Full House. This is just so sad.

  11. AppleCart says:

    2022 is coming in fast and hard and not in a good way.

  12. tempest prognosticator says:

    Rest In Peace dear man.

  13. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    So terribly sad.

  14. Smalltowngirl says:

    He was the TV dad of our generation. This one hurts.

  15. ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

    Can I just say that it’s nice to hear about a beloved public figure who DIDN’T turn out to be a downlow predator, abuser, gaslighter, or just all-around jackass. Full House and TGIF was how my family spent every Friday night during my childhood. Laugh in Peace, Bob Saget.

  16. Sofia says:

    I was shocked when I saw it on my twitter. Was hoping it to be false but sadly it’s not. May he rest in peace and sending my condolences to his wife and kids.

  17. Veronica S. says:

    Man, that’s three fairly big names in ten days. Feels like 2022 is really ramping itself up to be a downer.

  18. MerryGirl says:

    Betty ended 2021 and 2022 is sure not wasting time to take our entertainers, first Sidney Poitier, Mtume “Juicy Fruit”, now Bob Saget…may they all RIP.

  19. Hobbes says:

    I just saw him at a small comedy club a couple weeks ago. He seemed healthy and happy (my husband commented that Bob looked younger than him)
    I’m a rare case. My very strict parents didn’t let me watch Full House, so I discovered Bob through his stand up as an adult. Everyone said he was filthy, but I never saw it. Even his dirty jokes had a heart of sweetness.
    (Also he always went after Cosby on stage)

    • Jenn says:

      with comedians I’m always scared a shoe is about to drop, so this was really really nice to read

  20. teehee says:

    I’m so sad !! This is up there with Norm’s passing
    Since they were good friends, I hope they’re happy to see each other again.

  21. Elo says:

    Josh Radnor’s Twitter tribute was so beautiful. This is just a shame, I really enjoyed his comedy and I grew up of Full house.

  22. lucy2 says:

    Very sad, I’m so sorry for his friends and family.

  23. tealily says:

    This one is such a shocker to me. So, so sad. I wasn’t a Full House watcher, but America’s Funniest Home Videos was where it was at.

  24. Athena says:

    Probably a heart attack. Someone from my old company was in India on a business trip, he was there to train the offshore team. When he didn’t show up for a morning session they had the hotel check on him and he was found dead.
    Condolences to Bob Saget’s family.

    • april says:

      I’m glad he went peacefully and he was happy. Actually, he probably had the perfect death albeit it was too soon.

  25. Case says:

    He seems quite beloved by his peers, and that speaks volumes to the kind of person he was. Very sad loss, as it seems he was really loving life and had so much he still wanted to do. I’m so sorry for his children and his wife, who I think is a fair bit younger than him and will have to live a lot of life without him now. 🙁

  26. Barbie1 says:

    Much too young to leave us. The new year bringing us more sadness. Shocking and so unfair.

  27. Truthiness says:

    Pete Davidson released a statement to honor Saget. He said that when he was really mentally unwell, Bob spent hours on the phone with Pete and his mom, to make sure he was getting the right help and medications. (Pete is turning into a modern day Zelig.) That really spoke volumes to me about what kind of a person Saget was behind the scenes.

    • stagaroni says:

      Pete’s comments were so lovely and sincere. Bob Saget was the type of person we all need in our lives. He will be desperately missed.