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Bob Saget: US actor and comedian found dead aged 65

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ORLANDO: JAN. 10 – The US actor and comedian Bob Saget, best known for starring in the sitcom Full House, has died suddenly aged 65, law enforcement officials have said. The actor was found unresponsive by staff in his room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.

Officers from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department arrived after a call from hotel staff and pronounced him dead at the scene. The exact details surrounding his death remain unclear.

But in a short statement posted to Twitter, the Sheriff’s Department said that detectives had found no signs of foul play or drug use during initial inquiries.

Saget, a veteran stand-up comedian, had just started a new comedy tour across the US, performing as recently as Saturday in the city of Jacksonville, Florida. After the show, he had tweeted expressing his joy at being back on stage, telling fans that he was “happily addicted” to his craft.

Although Saget was idolized by many comedians for his profane and often cutting act, he was best known in the US for his role in the sitcom, Full House, where he starred alongside the actor’s John Stamos and fellow comic Dave Coulier.

He won plaudits for his portrayal of Danny Tanner, a widowed father of three daughters, playing the role from 1987 to 1995.

He reprised it in 2016 when Netflix revived the program for a further five seasons. John Stamos, who worked with Saget on Full House and Fuller House, said he was “broken” at the news of his friend’s death.

“I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby,” Stamos posted on Twitter.

Whoopi Goldberg also paid tribute to her friend, giving a special mention to his “huge heart and abject lunacy”.

Accompanying a photo of himself and Saget, actor and writer Penn Jillette wrote on Twitter: “Saget would have wanted something tweeted that was really funny and in very bad taste. I can’t do that. I’m just so sad. Bob was just great on every level and we will all miss him.”

-BBC

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