Bob Saget’s family filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block publication of investigation into his sudden death on January 9 at the age of 65.
Saget was found dead in a hotel room in Orlando after a stand-up show.
On February 9, his family said he died from a head injury, saying in a statement, “They concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, didn’t think about it, and went to bed.”
However, on February 11, the Chief Medical Examiner for Orange and Osceola Counties reported that he suffered severe skull fractures, raising questions about the previous explanation. One analyst reviewing the report said the injuries were consistent with being hit with a baseball bat or falling 30 feet.
On Tuesday, his widow, food blogger Kelly Rizzo, 42, and his three daughters — Aubrey, 34, Lara, 32, and Jennifer, 29 — whom he shared with ex-wife Sherry Kramer, filed a petition to stop posting additional information.
Bob Saget and his wife Kelly Rizzo pictured in June 2021. Saget, 65, died on January 9.
Saget with his three daughters in 2008 – from left to right: Aubrey, Lara and Jennifer.
The family sought an injunction against the medical examiner’s office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to prevent the release of any records, including photographs, video and audio recordings, and “legally protected autopsy information” related to his death.
“Plaintiffs will suffer irreparable harm in the form of severe mental pain, suffering and emotional stress if Defendants release the Recordings in response to requests for public records or otherwise distribute the Recordings for any other reason or for any purpose,” the lawsuit states. copy obtained by ABC News.
Health experts are now asking how thoroughly his death was investigated and what caused Saget to receive such a “significant blow to the head”.
His death was ruled an accident with no suspicion of foul play.
He was also infected with COVID-19 when he died, although this did not play a role in his death, Joshua Stefani’s report says, although this was not a contributing factor to his death.
“I think what this shows more than anything else is that it was not just a bump on the head,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN.
“When you read this autopsy report, it still might be, but it was a pretty significant blow to the head.”
Saget was seen in a Full House publicity photo in September 1993.
Health experts are demanding answers about Saget’s cause of death after an autopsy report found that his injuries were more significant than originally thought.
A graphic provided by CNN shows the bones in Saget’s head that were said to be broken, including a section of bone from the front of his skull to the anterior temporal bone, in addition to fractures above his eye sockets.
“It takes a lot of strength. If I didn’t know anything else about what happened, you would think it was someone who fell down the stairs and got hit on the head a few times or was not wearing a seatbelt in the car crash,” Gupta said.
“Whatever happened here, we may never know how he fell or what happened, but the reason for this was a strong blow.
“And probably bleeding in the upper part of the brain, probably caused pressure on the brain and subsequently, unfortunately, what led to him passing out and dying.”
Dr. Gavin Britz, chair of neurosurgery at Houston Methodist Hospital, told the New York Times: “This is a serious injury.
“That’s what I find on someone with a baseball bat in their head, or someone who’s fallen 20 or 30 feet.”
Saget was found dead in his hotel room at The Ritz-Carlton in Orlando on January 9 after performing on a comedy show. On January 14, a private funeral for the artist took place in Los Angeles.
John Meyer and John Stamos embrace at the funeral of Bob Saget at Mount Sinai Memorial Park.
Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney were spotted at Saget’s funeral.
He pointed out that Saget’s fractures were not only extensive, but also in particularly thick parts of his skull.
“If you break the orbit, you will have a lot of pain,” he added, referring to the areas around the eyes.
Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, responded to the autopsy report by asking if the original investigation could have gone deeper.
“It’s really weird. Makes you wonder about the thoroughness of the initial investigation of the scene,” he tweeted.
Former AUSA-SDNY employee Richard Signorelli opined and suggested that Saget’s death may have been linked to foul play, despite officials admitting it was an accident.
“No offenses have been found. Something doesn’t make sense given his severe head injuries,” he tweeted.
Emergency physician Dr. Megan Ranny also responded to her concerns raised in the autopsy report and demanded that Saget’s family know what happened.
‘Hey. ICYMI: It’s not “slip and fall”. This is not a mild concussion. This is a STRONG head injury.
“My condolences to Saget’s friends and family. I hope they get answers about what really happened,” she tweeted.