Bob Saget was a respected comical genius, recognized for his acting stints as the straight-laced father of three on "Full House." His unexpected death in January 2022 left many unanswered questions; his widow still talks to his pictures today.
Bob Saget made a name for himself in the entertainment industry with his voiceover as the iconic dad on "How I Met Your Mother" and for being the first host of "America's Funniest Home Videos."
Away from work, he was a respectable family man, adored by his wife and daughters. At the time of his passing, he was married to his second wife, Kelly Rizzo, who he met after his first marriage to Sherri Kramer ended after 15 years.
Actress Bob Saget and wife Sherri Kramer attending 'Carousel of Hope Ball Benefit' on October 26, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
Saget and Kramer were high school sweethearts, having met when Kramer was 17. They married in 1982, and the couple welcomed their first daughter Aubrey in 1987. After a challenging labor period, the doctors decided a C-section was paramount.
Their second daughter, Lara Melanie, arrived in 1989, and their third, Jennifer Belle, in 1992. Unfortunately, their marriage hit rock bottom, and they divorced in 1997.
For years, Saget lived as a bachelor but always hoped to one day meet someone he would spend the rest of his days with. In 2014, he confessed he thought about relationships all the time and was fascinated by people that made their romances work.
FOCUSING ON BEING A FATHER
After his marriage to Kramer ended, the actor focused on being the best father he could be to his daughters despite his desire to find love.
During a sit-down with Parade, Saget shared his daughter's thoughts about him, saying they thought he was respectful, thoughtful, and understanding. But their love for him was not a one-way affair. He shared how he felt about them, saying:
"I worship them. The best thing I've done, the highest thing in my whole life, is my daughters."
"If everything in my life is raised to the level of how great they are, then that would be a great thing to have achieved. Some of the best times I've ever had were just with the three of them hanging with me." He added.
While Saget did not think he'd ever find love again, things started looking up when he met food and travel blogger Kelly Rizzo in 2015. They hit it off, and in 2018, the actor popped the question.
Saget disclosed to Closer Weekly that while a relationship had been a distant possibility, he had found happiness with Rizzo. Rizzo also impacted Saget's life by creating a beautiful relationship with his daughters, which he called "Magical."
They exchanged vows in a laid-back ceremony in October 2018, and the new bride could not stop gushing over how perfect the wedding night had been and the love and support they received from their family and friends.
It was apparent the two had found each other after years of searching. They often gushed over each other, throwing in words like "perfect" and "bestie" whenever they talked.
SAGET'S SUDDEN DEMISE
Saget and his lovely wife were married only four years when the actor met his untimely death in January 2022. His death remains the center of speculation and raises unending questions.
On January 7, Saget checked into room 962 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes in Florida. Those that saw him report that he seemed to have the vitality of a man half his age.
He had been making jokes and waving at people in the hotel lobby and had been willing to take selfies with anyone that asked. He appeared happy and full of energy.
However, things took a drastic turn as the weekend ended. On January 9, the comedian was found dead in his room, with autopsy results saying he had died from blunt head trauma.
Bob Saget attends the 18th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere of "Benjamin" at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on April 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
Additional reports claimed he had severe injuries in his head and around his eyes. Some of those involved in the investigations seemed to find the actor's death unusual, with an Orange County Sherriff's deputy telling People:
"It's definitely an unusual case. There are still a lot of unanswered questions."
The final report says he died from a head injury, but it remains a mystery. Investigations claim that the injuries were consistent with being hit by a hard object covered with something soft, such as a carpeted floor.
However, the investigators claimed he couldn't have possibly fallen in his hotel room. Yet, if the injury had happened earlier, he wouldn't have managed the 2-hour drive from Jacksonville, where he had performed earlier that night.
THE AFTERMATH OF SAGET'S DEMISE
Saget was a fan favorite, and his sudden death shocked his fans worldwide. As is expected, his family suffered the most loss and pain. Rizzo mourned her husband the most.
A week after his passing, his wife penned a heartfelt message, sharing how she'd been trying not to think of the time that his death had robbed them, instead choosing to focus on how lucky she had been to have married the "most incredible man on earth."
Rizzo joined Amanda Kloots for a panel conversation, disclosing that she still considered Saget her husband and felt very connected to him despite the "changed relationship."
She has remained a pillar of support for Saget's daughters and says Saget would have wanted her to be there for them during the grieving period. Months after his passing, she celebrated his birthday with a heartfelt message on her Instagram.
She shared how grateful she was for the love they had shared, saying he had made her world go round. She also confessed how much she and the girls missed him, adding:
"Your girls and I will hold on tight to each other today."
After the comedian's death, Rizzo moved houses, and when Saget's daughters visited her new home for the first time, they were surprised to find that she'd made a "museum" of his things at her home.
When they walked in, she had to explain the presence of Saget's things all over her house: "I was like, 'So it's kind of like a museum to your dad, so don't freak out, but yes, he's everywhere." She continued:
"And then they'll catch me like talking to a picture every once in a while, and they're like 'Stepmommy Kelly, are you okay?'"
She finds comfort in having Saget's pictures around the house and talks to them if only to feel closer to her departed husband. While it was a concern to her stepdaughters, it keeps his memories alive in her.