Details from Bob Saget’s autopsy report bring avalanche of questions and speculation

While earlier reports that actor Bob Saget had died after he hit his head and had fallen asleep, the autopsy report seems to reveal more serious injury.

“Bob Saget, the comedian and actor, died after what appeared to be a significant blow to the head, one that fractured his skull in several places and caused bleeding across both sides of his brain, according to an autopsy report released on Friday,” The New York Times reported.

“Far from a head bump that might have been shrugged off, the autopsy described an unmistakably serious set of injuries that would at the very least have probably left someone confused, brain experts said,” continued the report.

The 65-year-old star of “Full House” was found dead in his Florida hotel room on January 9. Saget had been performing stand-up comedy acts and had posted on social media about his most recent show the day before he was found in his room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lake.

In a statement, Saget’s family had noted that authorities concluded that the actor had “accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep.”

But the full autopsy report prepared by the chief medical examiner of Orange and Osceola counties in Florida, Dr. Joshua Stephany, revealed that the injury seemed to be much more than just a bump on the head.

“It is most probable that the decedent suffered an unwitnessed fall backwards and struck the posterior aspect of his head,” Stephany wrote, according to The Times.

The report also indicated that Saget had tested positive for COVID-19 but that did not play any role in his death.

“It may have been a pretty significant blow to the head,” CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said this week.

“Maybe a fall in the bathroom, or on the headboard of your bed, you don’t think anything of it. Small veins can tear as a result of that blow and blood can start to leak,” he added.

“Some neurosurgeons said that it would be unusual for a typical fall to cause Mr. Saget’s set of fractures — to the back, the right side and the front of his skull,” Benjamin Mueller wrote in the New York Times report. “Those doctors said that the injuries appeared more reminiscent of ones suffered by people who fall from a considerable height or get thrown from their seat in a car crash.”

The details from the autopsy report raised fresh reactions on social media:

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