US comedian Bob Saget dies aged 65
Tributes have been paid to American Jewish comedian Bob Saget, who has died at the age of 65.
Saget, known for starring in US sitcoms including Full House, was pronounced dead at a hotel room in Orlando, Florida.
Officers from Orange County Sheriff’s Office were called following reports of an unresponsive man at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
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Saget was identified and pronounced dead at the scene. The force said no signs foul play were found.
“Earlier today, deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes for a call about an unresponsive man in a hotel room,” Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
“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 had just begun his new 2022 stand up tour and had earlier tweeted about his show in Jacksonville, expressing his delight at being back performing.
“Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience,” he tweeted.
“Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening.
“I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this s**t.”
Saget’s father Benjamin was a supermarket executive and his mother ‘Dolly’ was a hospital administrator.
British comedian and and Great British Bake Off host Matt Lucas, who is Jewish, paid tribute to Saget as a “magnificently naughty comedian.”
“In terrible shock of the horrible news of Bob Saget’s sudden passing,” Lucas wrote on Twitter.
“He was a warm, kind, humble man and a magnificently naughty comedian, always treading the line so deftly.
“He will be greatly missed.”
In a follow-up post Lucas added: “Bob Saget was a powerhouse comedian who would make your sides hurt but he was so humble and unassuming about it.
“He was so gracious to others and so excited and inspired by up-and-coming comedians. He really set a great example of how to be generous and encouraging to newcomers.”
Bob Saget was a powerhouse comedian who would make your sides hurt but he was so humble and unassuming about it. He was so gracious to others and so excited and inspired by up-and-coming comedians. He really set a great example of how to be generous and encouraging to newcomers.
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) January 10, 2022