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New information has emerged regarding injuries sustained by Bob Saget prior to his death in January.
According to an incident report released Tuesday by Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany, MD, the late comedian was found to have a fracture near the base of his skull which the autopsy report said was consistent with evidence suggesting he had been bleeding around the brain.
“He explained that the amount of force required to cause the fracture, coupled with the fact that the skin on the back of the head was still intact, led him to believe that the injury was most likely caused by ‘something’. hard, covered with something soft,” and he gave, as an example, a fall on a carpeted floor,” Fox 35 in Orlando reported Tuesday about the report.
The incident report released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando says Stephany noted that the fractures “would have knocked Mr. Saget out” and that he was reportedly dizzy, according to a detective.
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He further clarified that if Saget had been in the company of other people, those close to him would likely have noticed “the confusion, balance and/or slurred speech.”
The medical examiner concluded after the autopsy in January that Saget died of an accidental blow to the head, likely from a backward fall. Investigators called to the luxury hotel suite found no evidence of a struggle, foul play or signs that someone else had been in Saget’s suite during his stay. A toxicology analysis revealed no illicit drugs or toxins in Saget’s body.
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According to the report released on Tuesday, there were no traces of blood on the hotel’s sheets or bedspread.
The report excluded counters, tables, and bedside tables in the hotel room, as they all had hard surfaces. He noted that most of the hotel suite was carpeted and the headboard was lightly padded, listing both as “possible mechanisms of injury.” However, according to People magazine, citing the report, “nothing has been located in the room that allows for a definitive conclusion.”
An initial examination of Saget’s body in the hotel suite showed he had slight swelling and small bruises at the corner of his left eye. “There were no other indications of any type of trauma or injury,” the report said.
A Florida judge agreed on Monday to make permanent an order banning the release of photos, videos or other materials related to the investigation into Saget’s death. Saget’s family had filed a lawsuit for the order.
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Saget, 65, was found unconscious on January 9 in a room at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. He had performed in the area the previous night as part of a stand-up tour.
An autopsy report showed Saget had a scalp abrasion, skull base fracture, fractures around the eye sockets, brain bruising, and bleeding between the brain and the tissues covering the brain.
Investigators considered Saget’s death “an unusual case”, adding that there were still “many unanswered questions”.
Best known for his role as beloved single father Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House” and as the wisecracking host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Saget is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo and three daughters of a previous marriage.
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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.