A judge has permanently blocked local authorities from releasing any photos or videos taken of Bob Saget’s body and his personal effects following his untimely passing.
This morning, Circuit Judge Vincent Chiu ruled on an injunction that would stop the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office from releasing photos and videos related to Bob Saget’s death case and autopsy. Per the judge’s ruling during a virtual hearing in the lawsuit filed by Saget’s wife and children, local entities will be prohibited from making these items available to the public, according to The Orlando Sentinel.
The family filed suit to block authorities from releasing photos and videos of Saget following his death on January 9 at the Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lake Hotel.
Saget was found deceased in his hotel room on January 9 after family members were unable to contact him. Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany performed an autopsy on January 10 and released his report of findings in February.
His death was ruled an accident, though his injuries were severe. Head trauma was listed as the cause of death.
These findings were ultimately met with more questions by neurologists around the country, as well as Saget’s heartbroken fans, who wanted to know how Saget’s extensive injuries, including multiple skull fractures, could have been the result of a mere “backward fall.” Some even took to social media to post about the possibility of foul play.
The attorney for Saget’s family, Brian Bieber, told the judge that he had met with local authorities and that they had come to an agreement about the disclosure of certain photos and video. According to Bieber, Orange County Sheriff’s Officers took 147 photos during their death investigation. Ninety of those, which include images of Saget’s body and his personal effects will be confidential, while the other 57 photos of the hotel room will not receive any protection.
“I want to commend everybody involved here because this could have been very messy,” Judge Chiu said after his ruling. “I think what we’ve done here, what the parties have done here, is strike a very delicate and necessary balance.”
Saget’s wife, Kelly Rizzo, and his daughters participated in the virtual hearing and tearfully thanked Judge Chiu for his ruling.
During this difficult time for Saget’s family, Judge Chiu had words of hope”Nothing that we’re going to do today obviously is going to take away the pain of your loss,” Judge Chiu said to the family. “But the hope is that what we can do today by entering this injunction is to allow you a little bit of space and privacy to travel that.”
Saget was known for his comedic talents and rose to fame as lovable Dad Danny Tanner on Disney-owned ABC’s Full House in the late 1980s and early 1990s.