The family of recently deceased comedian and actor Bob Saget have filed a lawsuit to block the public release of some records connected to the investigation of Saget’s sudden death at age 65.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Saget’s family said last week that a medical examiner “concluded that [Saget] accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep.” There were no illegal drugs in his system, and he tested positive for two prescription drugs, one that could cause drowsiness. Saget’s PCR test also showed signs of the coronavirus, which he had publicly commented on contracting weeks before the comedy tour dates that brought him to Florida the January weekend he died.
As the Washington Post reports, Saget’s wife and daughter filed a lawsuit to limit the amount of information authorities release to the public about Saget’s death investigation. The release of certain items would cause “irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress,” the family reportedly said in a statement.
Family attorney Brian Bieber told the Washington Post that the family is particularly concerned about the potential release of photos or videos of Saget they believe could cause his loved ones emotional harm. The lawsuit reportedly states that investigative documents “graphically depict Saget,” but the report does not confirm whether the family is referring to postmortem images.
“The facts of the investigation should be made public, but these materials should remain private out of respect for the dignity of Mr. Saget and his family,” Bieber said in a statement obtained by the newspaper. “It’s very simple — from a human and legal standpoint, the Saget family’s privacy rights outweigh any public interest in disclosure of this sensitive information.”
A judge has not yet made a ruling on the lawsuit. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
[Feature image: Bob Saget attends the Friars Club Roast of ‘Today Show’ host Matt Lauer on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)]