Bob Saget dead: Full House cast lead celebrity tributes after ‘America’s dad’ found in hotel room aged 65
Bob Saget’s Full House co-stars have been paying tribute to the actor and comedian following his sudden death at the age of 65.
He was known as “America’s dad” thanks to his role as Danny Tanner in the classic US sitcom Full House, which saw his character suddenly widowed and left to raise three daughters.
The San Francisco set show ran for eight seasons from 1987 until 1995.
He later reprised the role for Netflix spin-off, Fuller House, which ran for five seasons from 2016 until 2020.
Actor John Stamos, who played the smooth Uncle Jesse and Danny’s brother-in-law, took to Twitter to express his grief.
“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,” he wrote.
Comedian Dave Coulier, who portrayed wise-cracking Uncle Joey, lamented on the micro-blogging site: “My heart is broken. I love you, Bob. Your forever brother, Dave.
Also paying tribute, were Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of Michelle, Saget’s youngest TV daughter, who said in a joint statement to USA Today that he 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,” Mary-Kate and Ashley continued. “We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences.”
While Candace Cameron Bure, who played Saget’s eldest on-screen daughter D.J Tanner for both iterations, initially found herself at a loss of words.
“I don’t know what to say,” she wrote, followed by a broken heart emoji.
“I have no words. Bob was one of the best humans beings I’ve ever known in my life. I loved him so much.”
She followed up a few hours later on Instagram, sharing a trio of images including them embracing and one from the filming of her character’s on-screen wedding.
She wrote alongside the snaps: “I love you sooooo much. I don’t want to say goodbye 💔. 35 years wasn’t long enough.”
The wider showbiz world has equally reacted with shock and sadness following Saget’s passing, including comedy veteran Steve Martin, who declared it was a “sad day for [the] comedy world”.
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
British comedian and Great British Bake Off presenter Matt Lucas called Saget a “magnificently naughty comedian”.
“In terrible shock of the horrible news of Bob Saget’s sudden passing,” Lucas tweeted.
“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.”
US TV host and actor Whoopi Goldberg wrote: “Sail on my friend Bob Saget with your huge heart and abject lunacy.
“My condolences to his daughters & other family.”
Star Trek actor George Takei said that “America’s Dad” Bob Saget, had been a “regular presence” in his household.
“Deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of comedian Bob Saget,” he said.
“Beloved by millions as America’s Dad, he was a regular presence in our living rooms, bringing to us the funniest videos and countless belly laughs.
“Gone too soon, like so many of the brightest souls”.
US actor Seth Green wrote: “Damn it @bobsaget you left your body.
“I’ll forever celebrate your genius, your giant heart, and joy for life.
“Thank you for helping me through the inevitable sadness of life with comedy.“At least now you can hang with Rodney & Don again. Love you forever.”
Jim Carrey added his voice to the wealth of tributes, writing on Twitter: “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.”
Officers from Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news of Saget’s death early on Monday.
In a short statement posted to Twitter, they added that there were no signs of foul play or drug use.
“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.”
He is survived by second wife Kelly Rizzo and three daughters from his first marriage to Sherri Kramer.
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 on January 9.
“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.”
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