Popular American comedian and actor, Bob Saget has been confirmed dead.
The actor and comedian who gained fame on the sitcom Full House and as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos before thoroughly shedding his wholesome image died at the age of 65.
According to TMZ, he was found by police in his hotel room around 4 p.m. on Sunday January 10 and pronounced dead soon afterward.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news via Twitter. The cause of death is not known yet, but the police revealed that detectives found “no signs of foul play or drug use.”
The tweet read;
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.
Saget was in the middle of a stand-up tour called the I Don’t Do Negative tour at the time of the incident. He tweeted as recently as early Sunday morning, celebrating a show in Jacksonville.
In a statement released on Sunday, Saget’s family members said they are “devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today…. 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 born in Philadelphia and began performing standup in local clubs before moving to Los Angeles to continue his comedy career. He appeared in the 1987 Richard Pryor film Critical Condition but was best known for playing Danny Tanner, the widowed patriarch of the Tanner clan, in the ABC series Full House, which ran from 1987 to 1995. As the clean-freak, aggressively Type A Tanner, Saget spent eight seasons projecting patriarchal warmth, ending each episode by imparting a moral lesson to one of his three daughters alongside a warm hug.
Through his performance as Danny Tanner, as well as his role as the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997, Saget cultivated an image as the wholesome paterfamilias, despite his roots as a stand-up comedian who worked blue for much of his career.
He definitively shed that image with his cameo role as a drug addict in the 1998 cult classic Half-Baked, as well as his appearance in the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats, which features an appearance from him telling a particularly raunchy version of the titular joke.
Saget also lampooned his own clean-cut image with a recurring appearance on the HBO series Entourage, in which he played a boorish, philandering, cigar-puffing version of himself. Saget’s performance on Entourage appeared to be a nod to the chasm between the actor’s comic personality and his wholesome Danny Tanner persona, a discrepancy he enjoyed playing with throughout his career.
He also provided the voice and narration for the elder Ted Mosby in the long-running CBS series How I Met Your Mother, a role that he held from 2005 to 2014, and was an established director, helming the 1998 Norm MacDonald black comedy Dirty Work, which flopped at the box office but later amassed cult classic status.