There’s more news out on the Bob Saget case, with information about the actor/comedian’s health on the night of his death based on interviews with witnesses, body cam video of the police responding that night, and pictures of the condition of his room at the time of his death. While a judge had ruled against the release of some photos, these photos were allowed to be released.
The witnesses were interviewed by Cpl. Brian Meadows after Meadows’ conversations with Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Stephany. According to Meadows, Stephany could “not state definitively” when Saget’s “head wound occurred, but he believed it was probably within hours of his death, possibly within a day or two, depending on several medical factors.”
Stephany had relayed to Meadows that Saget “would have exhibited significant signs that something was wrong.” So in order to “establish a possible time frame,” Meadows “conducted a series of interviews with people who had been in contact” with Saget “in the days immediately preceding his death.”
On the night of his death, Saget performed at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Florida. According to a show runner, Rosalie Cocci, “He said he had long term Covid, and it was taking his body a long time to get over it.”
He said that his hearing had been off and that was the case that night. He was asking the sound guys to turn everything up.
‘And [he said] that he had been sick the night before – his hearing was off, and he had a sore throat. He was happy he had lozenges for the stage.’
Saget tested positive for Covid in his postmortem despite having reportedly recovered from the illness a few weeks before his death.
Cocci said that, however, by the time he hit the stage that night, he seemed okay. “He wasn’t sweating, he didn’t miss a beat, nothing slurred….He came out very energetic.”
Other staff on the show also recounted his hearing issues.
He didn’t have food at the show, but he requested Diet Coke, Coke, and Red Bull, according to Richard Stanford, whose job was to “arrange hospitality, equipment, labor for setup/tear down” and anything else required for the show.
“I don’t know if he stumbled over words,” he responded when asked if Saget had trouble with speaking. “The train of thought just changed a couple times. We’d be talking about a story and then, all of a sudden, he’d bring up this part, and I don’t know personally how those would tie together. Just weird, stepping on himself a little bit.”
But Stanford said he didn’t notice any physical problems. Everyone described how happy he was.
His family told TMZ that he had only come down with the virus a couple of weeks before, and hadn’t complained of hearing issues.
When Saget got to the Ritz Carlton in Orlando that night, a two-hour drive from the Ponte Vedra show, he met Orlando Nunez, who was the valet who parked his car. Nunez took a selfie with Saget, the last picture taken of him alive. Nunez talked with him for about 10 minutes, and said he seemed fine — just anxious to get home to his family because they were sick.
The police released photos of the room, but still haven’t made a final determination as to what he could have hit his head on — because nothing quite fits the injuries, although they speculated about the headboard, which was padded or the rug-covered floor, as we noted before.
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The problem is how to account for the significant head trauma he had, which suggested a lot of force and more than a simple fall on the floor.
Bob Saget’s head injuries… pic.twitter.com/UUyVrQDw2h
— Ben Owen (@hrkbenowen) February 18, 2022
The fact that he was still sick and was having hearing problems is a new element. Hearing loss isn’t a common symptom of COVID, although it is a rare possibility. But hearing loss could indicate other issues that could have an impact on things like balance.