‘Completely shattered and in disbelief’: Bob Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo admits she’s struggling following his shocking death at 65 as friends including John Mayer and Full House stars John Stamos and Candace Bure arrive at her home to offer comfort
- Rizzo, 42, said of Saget, ‘Bob was my absolute everything’ and she looks ‘forward to sharing more of Bob with the world’ in the future
- A number of Saget’s friends were snapped on Monday visiting the Brentwood home he and Rizzo shared, alongside Jeffrey Ross and Saget’s ex-wife Sherri Kramer
- Couple initially met through friends in 2015 and got engaged in 2017, before marrying in October 2018
- The Full House star was found dead Sunday in a hotel room in Orlando, Florida
Emotional: Bob Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo, 42, said she’s ‘completely shattered and in disbelief’ following the actor’s tragic death at the age of 65 (pictured in June 2021)
Bob Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo has said she’s ‘completely shattered and in disbelief’ following the actor’s tragic death at the age of 65.
In a statement shared with People on Monday, the presenter, 42, said: ‘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.’
She continued: ‘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.’
A source previously told the outlet Monday that Rizzo was ‘in shock and processing everything’ in the wake of her spouse’s sudden passing.
An insider told People that Saget had chatted with Rizzo ‘in the early morning hours on Sunday’ and that the comic ‘was so excited coming off of a great show and he sounded really happy.’
The source noted that Saget had been ‘scheduled to fly home the next day’ and when Rizzo hadn’t heard from him, she phoned the hotel, who sent security to the room he was staying in at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida.
The Full House star and comedian was found dead Sunday in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said. He had performed a two-hour show Saturday at Jacksonville’s Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on his I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour.
A number of Saget’s friends and loved ones were snapped visiting the Brentwood home that he and Rizzo shared on Monday, including Candace Cameron Bure, John Mayer, John Stamos and his wife Caitlin McHugh, Jeffrey Ross and Saget’s ex-wife Sherri Kramer.
Sad day: Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo was seen at their Brentwood home as a number of the couple’s friends visited her in the wake of the comic’s passing
Emotional: John Stamos looked distraught as he visited Saget’s Brentwood home in the wake of the tragic news
Devastated: Stamos hugged Saget’s widow Kelly Rizzo as he arrived at the home
Paying tribute: Stamos previously said of Saget’s passing, ‘I will never ever have another friend like him’
Sombre: The grieving actor resonated sadness as he was seen stepping out on Monday in the wake of Saget’s passing
Outing: Stamos, seen out on Monday, had worked with Saget on both the original Full House and its Netflix reboot
A source added to People on Monday that Rizzo ‘is completely devastated’ following her spouse’s passing.
‘Bob was her best friend and the love of her life,’ the source said. ‘They were so happy together and so happy that they found each other. They had the best marriage and they connected on such a deep level. She doesn’t know how to go on without him.’
Saget and Rizzo, who is a food blogger, initially met through friends Katie Killean and George Shapiro in 2015.
They married in October of 2018 in Santa Monica, California at the luxury hotel Shutters on the Beach with Saget’s friend, actor Jonathan Silverman, presiding over the ceremony.
Saget’s Full House costars Stamos, Bure, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber were among those in attendance. The wedding also included a performance by Mayer of the song A Face to Call Home.
Sad: Jodie Sweetin, who played Saget’s on-screen daughter Stephanie Tanner on Full House was also seen arriving at Rizzo’s LA home to offer her condolences
Solo: Saget’s Full House co-star Candace Cameron Bure was seen leaving her Pacific Palisades home on Monday to head over to Rizzo’s home to comfort her
Serious: Bure was seen heading to Saget’s Brentwood, California home to comfort his spouse
Close pal: Saget’s friend John Mayer was seen arriving at the home to lend his condolences
Stepping out: The popular singer, who performed at Saget’s wedding, was seen exiting a vehicle on the premises
Comedian Jeffrey Ross was seen visiting the home in the wake of his friend’s death
The nuptials came less than a year after they revealed they were engaged in November of 2017.
Saget told People of his proposal: ‘I got up to go to the restroom, and I opened the safe and I took out a ring that I had been hiding for four days and I got on one knee.
‘And she said ‘What are you doing?’ She got very emotional, and so did I. I tried to put it in words that make sense. I adore her. She’s fantastic and I’m a very lucky man.’
Rizzo last month took to Instagram with a shot of the couple’s Christmas celebration.
‘Merry Christmas Eve everyone!’ she said. ‘So happy to spend my very first Christmas with @bobsaget (even though we’ve been married over 3 years!) because he’s finally in Chicago for the holidays!’
Sharing her condolences: Saget’s ex-wife Sherri Kramer, who he was married to from 1982 until 1997, arrived at the home with flowers in hand
John Stamos’ wife Caitlin McHugh was seen exiting a vehicle at the home on the sad day
In commemorating their three-year wedding anniversary, Rizzo said in an October post, ‘Happy 3 year anniversary!! Time flies with you! Doesn’t feel a day over 2 years 10 months. Love you @bobsaget, Thank you for being the most wonderful husband!’
Saget was past married to Sherri Kramer from 1982 until 1997, and they were parents to three daughters, Aubrey, 34, Lara, 32, and Jennifer, 29.
Orange and Osceola Counties Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany on Monday said in a news release stating that ‘there is no evidence of drug use or foul play’ in Saget’s death following his autopsy.
‘The cause and manner of death are pending further studies and investigation which may take up to 10-12 weeks to complete,’ said Stephany. ‘Our condolences go out to Mr. Saget’s loved ones during this difficult time.’
Tragic news: Many of Bob’s co-stars have shared their own heart-wrenching tributes, with hitmaker Robin Thicke also taking to Instagram to offer his condolences
Many of Bob’s co-stars have shared their own heart-wrenching tributes, with hitmaker Robin Thicke also taking to Instagram to offer his condolences.
The Blurred Lines singer said he was ‘heartbroken’ over news of Saget’s passing, and shared a series of photos of Saget posing with him, as well as with his late father, Alan Thicke.
‘Bob Saget was a close friend to our family for over 30 years,’ the Lost Without U artist said. ‘He was there at my fathers wedding and funeral. He was groomsman at my uncle Todd’s wedding. He was the kindest, most gentle soul. Forever loved … We love you @bobsaget.’
Thicke added, ‘I know my Dad is there to welcome him in Heaven with a joke and a hug.’
Thicke’s fiancée April Love Geary, 27, added in the comment thread, ‘I love you. He was the best!’ while his brother Carter Thicke, 24, added, ‘The best!’
Jimmy Kimmel also remember his late pal Bob in an emotional on-screen tribute while recording his Late Night show, with the moving moment filmed without a studio audience.
‘If you read anything about Bob online last night, if you read any of the thoughts from people who knew him personally, a word that came up a lot was the sweetest, and Bob was the sweetest, he was the sweetest man and the reason people wrote that is because it’s true,’ Kimmel said. ‘It’s the best word, if you had to pick one word to describe him, that was it – sweetest.’
‘He was so funny and I’m not talking about Full House or America’s Funniest Home Videos or movies or stand-up comedy, I mean funny for real,’ Kimmel said. ‘When you walked into a party and you saw Bob and his wife Kelly [Rizzo] in the corner, you’d go straight to them and stay for as long as you could, because he had something funny to say about everything and nothing bad to say about anyone – never – if he were there were people he didn’t like, he kept it to himself.’
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‘Sweetest man’: Jimmy Kimmel also remember his late pal Bob in an emotional on-screen tribute while recording his Late Night show, with the moving moment filmed without a studio audience
Kimmel said he has ‘so many wonderfully kind and supportive texts, emails, calls from Bob,’ who ‘always had a compliment’ and kind words for his friends.
‘He’d write sometimes just to tell me he loved me and I know he did that for many people,’ he said.
Kimmel said that he went through old emails with Saget, ‘and some of them were funny, and some of them were very serious emails about life and the well-being of our children, and how hard it is to appreciate one of those without the other being just right.
‘And in one email we’re talking about our kids, I have it here, he wrote, “One night soon, let’s go around and have some meat and some good damn drinks and talk about how lucky we are that we have them” – and we did do that many times.’
‘I want to send love to his daughters, to his wife Kelly into his friends who loved him so much, he was very kind to everyone and he had no problem telling everyone that he loved them and what you meant to him,’ Kimmel said.
Arriving: Rizzo’s friend and confidante Aggie Merz was spotted visiting her at the home
Happy: Saget and Rizzo married in October of 2018 in Santa Monica, California at the luxury hotel Shutters on the Beach with Saget’s friend, actor Jonathan Silverman, presiding over the ceremony
Bob Saget talked about evolving approach to comedy in final interview: ‘I just want to make people laugh’
Bob Saget spoke about his evolving approach to comedy, an influential mentor and his days as a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University in what would be his final interview ahead of his shocking death at the age of 65.
The Full House star and comedian was found dead Sunday in a Ritz-Carlton hotel room in Orlando, officials with the Orange County, Florida, sheriff’s office tweeted, adding that there were ‘no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.’
Saget on Wednesday appeared on News4JAX to promote his show Saturday at Jacksonville’s Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on his I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour.
The latest: Bob Saget spoke about his evolving approach to comedy, an influential mentor and his days as a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University in what would be his final interview ahead of his shocking death at the age of 65
He bonded with News4JAX anchor Bruce Hamilton, who he knew from Temple University, telling Hamilton, ‘I just remember you, we went to Temple.’
Saget got emotional when he was asked about Lew Klein, the late American Bandstand producer and Temple University professor who died at the age of 91 in June of 2019.
‘You’re gonna make me cry, he was like a dad to me,’ Saget said of Klein, noting that he helped him break into show business by getting him an internship on The Mike Douglas Show.
‘That was my first indoctrination into show business, I was 19,’ Saget said, hailing Klein for his care for students in an educational career that spanned more than six decades.
‘Lew Klein cared so much about students, I’ve had a couple of those teachers,’ Saget said. ‘When you get a teacher like that in your life, it’s a real gift, anybody watching who knows what I’m saying, both of my sisters were teachers and there’s nothing like it if you’re a good teacher and he literally helped me, and he would talk with me and then we lost him not too long ago, which is very sad.’
He bonded with News4JAX anchor Bruce Hamilton, who he knew from Temple University, telling Hamilton, ‘I just remember you, we went to Temple’
In the interview, Saget said he was enthusiastic about his forthcoming trip to the Sunshine State, where he had great memories.
‘I’m leaving tomorrow to be there so I can be, I’m going to Orlando and then I’m coming right to Jacksonville, I think it’s my third time in Jacksonville in about a year,’ Saget said. ‘We comedians have to go where comedy is loud and I’ve had great times in Florida, and I’m going back, it’s really a nice theater too, it’s small.’
Saget told Hamilton that his style of comedy had evolved in recent years, as he wasn’t ‘as blue as [he] used to be’ onstage.
‘I really love doing standup now more than I ever have, and I don’t talk politics, I don’t talk religion, I just want to make people laugh and I don’t want dissension in the room,’ he said. ‘I just want to make people have a good time and have a good night out, I’m getting ready to do a new special so we got to go on the road.’
Saget said his comedic style was ‘really kind of a different version’ of himself, adding ‘I just love it.’
Saget told Hamilton about how he continued working in his comedy career throughout the pandemic, which included his podcast Bob Saget’s Here For You , which he began in the early days of the pandemic in April of 2020.
He said that he loved doing his podcast and that he had welcomed ‘amazing guests’ for ‘great conversations’ on the platform.
‘I just love to do it,’ he said. ‘Everywhere where you are, you’re making people feel better, and that’s my job, and we get into the thick of it sometimes but it also depends if I have a comedian on … it’s really a fun thing to do.’
Saget said his latest comedic style was ‘really kind of a different version’ of himself, adding ‘I just love it’
Saget told Hamilton his first live comedy gig since the shutdown came as part of Dave Chappelle’s series in Yellow Springs, Ohio in the summer of 2020.
‘Once I was able to get out there safely, I did it,’ he said. ‘There’s nothing like it, I’ve been doing it for over 40 years I did it when we met that was doing stand up.’
On his Twitter page Wednesday, Hamilton wrote of the interview: ‘Loved talking to Bob and talking about our days at Temple U . Not just a typical interview for me. Great personal chat.’
In what would be his final social media post, Saget said that he had performed a two-hour set in in Jacksonville Saturday to an ‘appreciative audience.’
On his Twitter page Wednesday, Hamilton wrote of the interview: ‘Loved talking to Bob and talking about our days at Temple U . Not just a typical interview for me. Great personal chat’
In what would be his final social media post, Saget said that he had performed a two-hour set in in Jacksonville Saturday to an ‘appreciative audience’
An audience member at Saturday’s show posted a memorial on Saget’s social media, People reported.
‘Wow, what a HONOR it was to witness Bob’s last comedy show and last moments on this earth,’ the person said. ‘Bob went almost two hours over his normal set time and made the whole audience feel loved, he cracked jokes applicable to all ages and political parties.
‘Over and over he stressed the importance of this world needing more comedy and finding more common ground with everyone around you.’
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