Cause of Death of Former Honorary Mayor Bob Saget Still Unknown.

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Comedian and actor Bob Saget’s funeral was held Friday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

ABC will air a tribute to Saget at the start of Sunday night’s edition of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

Saget, who was Pacific Palisades honorary mayor from 1995-1997, was found dead in bed in his luxury hotel room in Florida on January 9. He was 65.

According to a sheriff’s office report, there were no signs of trauma, no signs of foul play, and “the room itself was in order, with items owned by Mr. Saget on the nightstand, television stand, closet and bathroom.”

The county Office of the Medical Examiner said the autopsy was performed Monday morning.

“At this time, there is no evidence of drug use or foul play,” Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany wrote.

The official cause and manner of death are still pending, and the full investigation and autopsy report could take 10-12 weeks to complete.

Billy Crystal, a fellow honorary Pacific Palisades mayor, said, “I’m shocked and saddened to learn that Bob Saget is gone. A great friend and one of the funniest and sweetest people I have ever known. My love to his beautiful family.”

Steven Carr Reuben, the former senior rabbi of Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, wrote an op-ed for The Forward, describing his friendship with Saget.

Carr Reuben said that he had known Saget for more than “30 years as his rabbi and as a friend, and like the rest of the world, I am devastated by his death.”

“For me personally, Bob was one of the greatest gifts of my life,” he wrote. “No matter how busy he was with his remarkable career, he was always there with his love, his humor and his giving heart for every event, celebration and important moment in my life as well.”

Born in Philadelphia on May 17, 1956, Saget graduated from Abington High School in Abington, Pennsylvania. He originally intended to become a doctor, but a teacher urged him to seek a career in films.

Saget attended Temple University’s film school, and according to his biography, while in college he went to New York City to perform at the Improv and Catch a Rising Star.

After he graduated in 1978, he came to Los Angeles to attend USC, but quit after a few days. In a 1990 Saturday Evening Post article he said, “I was a cocky, overweight twenty-two-year-old. Then I had a gangrenous appendix taken out, almost died, and I got over being cocky or overweight.”

Saget starred as widowed father, Danny Tanner, on “Full House” from 1987 to 1995. He also landed a job in 1989 at the first host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

And Saget spent nine seasons as the narrator on “How I Met Your Mother.”

In 1996, Saget directed a television movie “For Hope,” which fictionalized the story of how his sister Gay, had grown ill and died of systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that can lead to hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues.

Saget would become a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation.

The Foundation released this statement on his death “It is with a very heavy heart that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and Board member, Bob Saget. Bob was a champion for scleroderma patients everywhere dating back to 1991 when he first became involved with the Scleroderma Research Foundation, even before his sister Gay lost her battle with the disease. Bob was a deeply caring father, husband, colleague, and friend, who was unreservedly committed to the mission of the SRF.”

Saget married Sherri Kramer in 1982. They purchased a home in Pacific Palisades in 1990. They had three daughters, Aubrey (born 1987), Lara Melanie (born 1989) and Jennifer Belle (born 1992). The couple divorced in 1997.

In 2018, Saget married Kelly Rizzo, host of Eat Travel Rock TV. This past week she released a statement thanking the public for the outpouring of support:

“My whole heart. Bob was my absolute everything. I am so completely shattered and in disbelief. I am so deeply touched by the outpouring of love and tribute from our friends, family, his fans and his peers. When the time is right and when this news is not as raw, I look forward to sharing more of Bob with the world. Sharing how much he meant to me, all of those around him, and how much all of his fans and friends meant to him as well. Thank you for respecting my privacy at this time.”

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