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Bob Saget: Final report on death inquest expected soon, police source says

There have been no new revelations about exactly how the 65-year-old well-known comedian and actor ended up lying in bed with severe skull fractures after entering his hotel room at 2 a.m. 17.

Even seemingly simple questions about whether the inquest into Saget’s death is open or closed receive carefully worded answers.

“It’s actually not that simple,” an Orange County sheriff’s spokesperson wrote in response to an email from CNN asking about the status of the investigation.

“There is no active investigation underway,” the spokesperson replied. “But the case is not technically closed.”

As unsatisfactory as those answers are, it’s not uncommon for death investigations to leave lingering questions about the precise details of a person’s death, said William Dunn, a retired detective with the New York City Police Department. Los Angeles.

Nor is it surprising, Dunn said, that investigators are taking their time to finalize their report even though they operate under the belief that the death was an accident.

“You want to go back and make sure you did everything you could to verify that it was an accident,” he said. “Eventually you’ll get to a point where there’s nothing left to check. Eventually you might be able to say we know he hit his head, but we can’t say exactly how that happened. happened because no one saw it coming.”

In Saget’s case, the Orange County Chief Medical Examiner said he died of blunt force trauma to the head and classified the death as an accident. But the medical examiner, Dr Joshua D. Stephany, hesitated on exactly how Saget suffered his injuries.

“It is very likely,” said Stephany, “that the deceased suffered an unwitnessed backward fall and hit the back of the head.”

A law enforcement source familiar with the matter told CNN the sheriff’s office is expected to release a final report on the death soon, possibly as early as this week.

People magazine reported last week, citing unnamed sources, that investigators now suspect Saget “passed unconscious in the bathroom and fell backward on the marble floor, hitting his head.”

He then regained consciousness and went to the bed where he died, according to the magazine. The article did not detail the evidence on which the alleged theory was based, and CNN was unable to independently verify that investigators embraced this theory.

Saget’s body was found by hotel security on January 9 after a family member called the hotel and expressed concern that he could not be reached, according to a published incident report. by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. A security guard was dispatched to the room shortly after 4 p.m. and found Saget in a darkened room, alone on the bed, “cold to the touch, yellow and clammy,” according to the report.

An MP who was summoned to the scene wrote in the report that the room was in “orderly” condition and he saw no signs of foul play.

The night before Saget was found motionless in his hotel room, the Grammy-nominated comedian performed what turned out to be the final show of his ‘I Don’t Do Negative’ tour at the Ponte Vedra Concert. Hall just outside of Jacksonville, Florida.

After the Ponte Vedra show ended, Saget had nearly two and a half hours of driving ahead of him to return to the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. The police report shows Saget used his key card to enter his room at 2:17 a.m. on Sunday morning, meaning he should have left the premises around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night at the latest.

Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, told “Good Morning America” ​​that he called her that night on the way back to the hotel to tell her what a wonderful sight it had been, that he was happy and loved what he was doing.
A social media post on Saget’s Instagram account after returning to the hotel read, “Didn’t know I did a two hour set tonight. I’m back in comedy like when I I was 26. I guess I’m finding my new voice and enjoying every moment of it.”
One last tweet from Saget’s account at 3:42 a.m. might suggest he was alive at least an hour and a half after returning to room 962 of the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. But the details of what happened between the time of the tweet and when he was found by security more than 12 hours later remain unknown – or at least have not been publicly explained.

Saget’s publicist could not be reached prior to this story’s publication to confirm whether the comedian runs his own social media accounts.

Saget was found with multiple fractures to his skull and roofs of both eye sockets, according to the autopsy report. A toxicology examination revealed the presence of some prescription drugs, but nothing the medical examiner noted as a contributing factor to Saget’s death. No alcohol or illegal substance was found.
The uncertainties surrounding all of the circumstances surrounding Saget’s death are due in part to a court order blocking public access to further release of documents and photographs related to the death and the inquest. The order was granted at the request of Saget’s family due to confidentiality concerns. It is unclear whether the court order will prevent the public broadcast of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. final report.

With no answers, conspiracy theories about Saget’s death have taken hold online, including an unsubstantiated theory that Saget died from the Covid-19 vaccine. The autopsy report shows that Saget tested positive for Covid-19.

Dr. Neha Dangayach, assistant professor of neurosurgery and neurology at Mount Sinai in New York, was careful not to speculate on the details of Saget’s injuries, noting that we don’t know much about his condition and medical history.

However, she explained that sometimes head injuries can seem less serious than they really are. An initial fall doesn’t even need to pierce the skin, but can cause internal bleeding and lead to a buildup of pressure in the skull, causing a life-threatening “secondary neurological injury” if not treated in time, a she declared.

People with skull fractures are likely to have headaches and “you would expect them to seek help,” Dangayach said.

So in Saget’s case, “it’s very, very difficult to know exactly what could have happened,” she said.

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