Comedian Bob Saget’s autopsy reveals that the head trauma that caused the actor’s death last month fractured his skull and caused bleeding on the brain.
Last week, Saget’s family revealed that officials had “concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep” after returned to his Orlando hotel after performing in Ponte Verde Beach, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
A security guard found the 65-year-old Saget “tucked in bed” and unresponsive on January 9 when his family, expecting him to return home to Los Angeles that day, hadn’t heard from him and contacted the hotel.
Saget’s key card showed that he returned to his room at about 2:20 a.m. that morning after his concert. He also posted on social media about the show and phoned his wife.
Dr Joshua Stephany, the chief medical examiner of Orange and Osceola counties, attributed Saget’s injuries to a fall, the New York Times reported.
“It is most probable that the decedent suffered an unwitnessed fall backwards and struck the posterior aspect of his head,” he wrote.
The trauma caused veins in Saget’s brain to rupture, which then caused blood to pool, creating pressure on the hemispheres of the brain.
Stephany found no other injuries and ruled the death accidental.
The actor had no illegal drugs in his system, and the autopsy found signs of prescription drugs Clonazepam, used to prevent seizures and treat panic attacks, and Trazodone, an antidepressant. Stephany found no indication that either drug contributed to Saget’s death, although benzodiazepines like Clonazepam could create drowsiness and contribute to a fall.
The autopsy report further found that Saget had an enlarged heart and that he showed signs of the coronavirus on a PCR test. Saget said early in January that he had contracted the virus, although he didn’t say when. PCR tests can come back positive for weeks after someone has recovered from COVID.
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[Featured image: Bob Saget, AP Photo/Evan Agostini]