Final Autopsy Report released in Bob Saget’s death reveals more than just head trauma

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The final autopsy report has been released in the death of comedian and actor Bob Saget.

Saget was found deceased in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando hotel on January 9 by hotel staff after Saget’s family requested a welfare check on the 65-year-old actor. Multiple family members had tried to reach Saget by phone and were unsuccessful. Hotel staff found Mr. Saget unresponsive and called 911.

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According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office report, there were no signs of foul play or drug use in Saget’s hotel room. The room was neat and orderly “with items owned by Mr. Saget on the nightstand, television stand, closet, and bathroom.”

The report also stated that “Mr. Saget was found in a supine position on his bed. His left arm was across his chest while his right arm was resting on the bed. No signs of trauma were seen.”

But according to the final autopsy report released by the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office and reported by CNN, trauma was indeed the cause of Saget’s death.

“It is in my opinion that the death of Robert Saget, a 65-year-old white male found unresponsive in a hotel room, is the result of blunt head trauma,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua D. Stephany stated in the report. “It is the most probable that the decedent suffered an unwitnessed fall backwards and struck the posterior aspect of his head. The manner of death is accident.”
The official report underscores what Saget’s family shared in a statement on Wednesday, February 9, when they shared publicly that head trauma had caused Saget’s unexpected death.
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Dr. Stephany’s report noted other findings from the autopsy conducted on January 10, including an enlarged heart, as well as a 95% blockage in one side of his heart. The autopsy report further cited results from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted as part of the death examination. A PCR test is a diagnostic test that analyzes blood or tissue to determine if genetic material from a virus is present. In this case, the virus was coronavirus, and the result was positive for COVID-19.
Saget had said in December that he had contracted COVID-19. Results from a PCR test for the coronavirus can remain positive for weeks after a patient has completely recovered from the virus.
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According to the toxicology report, no alcohol was present in Saget’s blood. But the report states that the drugs Clonazepam/Klonopin and Trazadone were found in his system. Clonazepam/Klonopin is prescribed for panic disorders, seizures, and anxiety, and Trazadone is an antidepressant.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Saget’s family during this very difficult time.

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