More Details Emerge on Bob Saget's Death

Comedian suffered skull fractures, tested positive for COVID
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2022 12:02 AM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2022 6:41 AM CST
Bob Saget's Cause of Death Revealed
Bob Saget arrives at a screening of "MacGruber" on Dec. 8, 2021, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Update: Bob Saget suffered what People calls "catastrophic" head injuries, per his now-released autopsy, which confirms details his family shared Wednesday. The Orange County Medical Examiner's report says the comedian had fractures to the back of his head and around his eyes, leading to discolored eyelids, as well as bruising and bleeding on the brain. It gives his cause of death as "blunt head trauma ... most likely incurred from an unwitnessed fall." Additional finds in Saget's autopsy: He was COVID positive, a month after his widow says he'd had a mild case, and had an enlarged heart that was 95% blocked on one side, per CNN. There was no alcohol in his system but the presence of prescription drugs clonazepam/Klonopin and trazodone was noted. Our original story from Thursday follows:

Bob Saget's family says the cause of the comedian's untimely death has been discovered. "The authorities have determined that Bob passed from head trauma. They have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep," a statement says. No drugs or alcohol were found in his system. Saget was found dead in his hotel bed. Speculation had swirled around the fact that Saget had COVID in December, the month prior to his death at age 65, but his widow later said his bout with the virus "was not anything serious" and that he was in good health when he left on tour, CNN reports.

"Now that we have the final conclusions from the authorities' investigation, we felt it only proper that the fans hear those conclusions directly from us," the family's statement reads. Sources tell TMZ authorities found an obvious bruise on the back of Saget's head and determined he died of a brain bleed and never woke up. The speculation, those sources say, is that he may have hit his head on something after arriving at his hotel after his show, possibly the bed's headboard. Saget's family expressed deep gratitude for the love from Saget's fans, and asked, "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: to be kind to everyone, to let the people you love know you love them, and to face difficult times with hugs and laughter." (More Bob Saget stories.)

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