Bob Saget spoke to him just a few weeks prior to his death. CBS NewsAbout laughter. He was the star of countless television shows and had millions of fans. Full House America’s Funniest Home Video. Saget also spoke out about his mission to spread awareness about scleroderma. This disease claimed the life of his sister Gay Saget in 1994. Saget, Gay’s 75th birthday, died Jan. 9. The comedian was 65.
Saget spoke of the power of laughter even in the most difficult of circumstances. Saget recalls making people laugh when they were just four years old. He was inspired by silent movie stars. “I knew some jokes, but it wasn’t really jokes. It was just like; I’ve got to perform. I’ve got to make people laugh,”Saget, he recalled. Also, laughter “truly helped me survive and it helped keep me mentally alive, rather than letting it destroy me,”Saget said that Dr. Jon LaPook was his chief medical correspondent and was a close friend.
Bob Saget tells @DrLaPookHe found that comedy helped him through difficult times, such as the loss of his sister to scleroderma. “It was a defense mechanism and it truly helped me survive.”
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) January 13, 2022
Saget stated that Gay’s death left him with a deep appreciation for comedy. After Gay’s death, Saget made it his mission to make scleroderma a reality. It is a rare disorder that affects the eyes. “hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues,”Notes on Mayo Clinic. He tirelessly worked to raise funds for the Scleroderma Research FoundationHis entire career. Saget produced Dana Delany’s 1996 movie. For HopeBased on Gay’s personal life. Saget’s interview on Dr. LaPook will be broadcast during CBS MorningsFriday
Joanne Gold, SRF Executive Director, spoke after Saget’s passing. PEOPLEIts members were “shocked and heartbroken”The news. They hoped he “joined [Gay] somewhere”Celebrate together. “Bob was deeply dedicated to our mission to find a cure for this complex disease,”Gold was added. “But more than that, Bob was an uncommonly kind, generous and caring person. I can’t express how deeply all of us at the SRF will miss him.”
Saget was found unconscious in his Orlando hotel room, Ritz-Carlton, after performing a show near Jacksonville. Authorities have not yet determined the cause of his death, but they have ruled out foul play. They also found no evidence that Saget had used drugs at the scene. His second wife Kelly Rizzo and his three daughters, Aubrey and Lara from his first marriage are his survivors.
“We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today. He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter,”Saget’s family issued a statement shortly after the announcement of his death on Sunday. “Though we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world.”