Bob Saget Died Of A Head Injury That Was Even Worse Than Previously Thought

The injury was not, as previously assumed, just a bump on the head.

Actor Bob Saget attends the premiere of Netflix's "Fuller House" at Pacific Theatres at The Grove on February 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Bob Saget, comedian and actor, was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando on Jan. 9 at age 65. The Full House star's death came as a shock to many and now, a month later, more details around the cause of death have emerged through an autopsy report. Experts were quick to rule out drugs and alcohol and noted that Saget had died from head trauma. He is survived by his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and his three daughters—Aubrey, 34, Lara, 32, and Jennifer, 29—whom he shared with ex-wife Sherri Kramer.


His family confirmed the news via a statement, "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. No drugs or alcohol were involved." Saget's family added that they've been "overwhelmed with the incredible outpouring of love from Bob's fans" in the weeks since his death, and that the support has "been a great comfort to us and for which we are eternally grateful."


A report from the Orange County Medical Examiner, obtained by PEOPLE, noted that Saget had likely fallen backward and hit the back of his head. Saget ended up having serious injuries including fracturing his skull in several places and bleeding. There was "subgaleal hemorrhage (which is blood that forms between skull and scalp), discoloration in the upper and lower eyelids due to skull fracture, subdural hematoma (which is a buildup of blood on the surface of the brain) and subarachnoid hemorrhage (which is bleeding in the space that surrounds the brain)." as per the outlet.


Dr. Roshini Raj, an Associate Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Health shared, "This report shows that the [skull and] brain suffered trauma which led to skull fractures, bruising of the brain and actual bleeding in the space around the brain. This blood can compress the brain and cause death. The coroner determined that this trauma was most likely caused by an accidental fall backward." Saget also had an enlarged heart at the time of his death as well as signs of COVID but neither is believed to have contributed to his death.