Bob Saget: The Truth About His Battle With Substance Abuse

Comedian Bob Saget, loved for his role as Danny Tanner on the long-running American sitcom Full House, known as America’s funniest home videos host, and some Disney shows and comedy tours, was trending on social media due to breaking news surfaced that he was sadly found dead in his Florida hotel room on Sunday, January 9, 2022. According to TMZ, staff members at the Ritz-Carlton contacted the Orlando Sheriff’s Department after encountering his body at about 4 p.m. Saget was only 65 years old at the time of his death, which has many people wondering, including his co-stars and in the Hollywood industry as to what is the cause of death of the stand-up comedian.

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What Was His Death Cause?

According to an autopsy report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Bob Saget’s death cause was due to blunt head trauma they deemed accidental. The report showcased a fracture at the base of his skull and bleeding around the brain. The doctor noted that the cause of the fracture had to be something hard that was covered in something soft since there was no skin damage where the injury occurred.

While there is no definitive answer as to what exactly caused the blunt trauma, his family members have spoken out with some final conclusions about the situation. They believe Saget had fallen in his hotel room, injured his head, and didn’t think anything of it. They believe he passed in his sleep and not because of foul play.

According to Saget’s family, the toxicology report revealed that he had no illicit drugs, alcohol, or no evidence of drug use in his system at the time of his injury. He did have levels of Clonazepam, an anxiety medication, and trazodone, an antidepressant, in his system. The official report didn’t keep many from suspecting that illicit drugs and/or alcohol could be involved due to Saget’s littered past with drug and alcohol addiction issues.

Sexual Assault Allegations Explained

In his memoir, Saget reveals that he and other members of the cast made crude jokes and gestures when it came to a Michelle-sized doll that was used for scenes where the Olsen twins were unavailable. Saget refers to his crude behavior as a Jekyll/Hyde experience.

According to Saget, the show was super-clean-cut, and his comedy off-screen helped to bring a sense of balance to the experience. His onscreen partner, John Stamos, even noted the crude comedic acts that occurred on the set of Fuller House during The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget.

Rumors did surface of sexual allegations against Bog Saget. Many online sources suspected that Saget had inappropriate relationships with the Olsen twins while filming the television series Fuller House. Saget explained that his relationship with the Olsen twins was not of a sexual nature. This explanation was backed up by the Olsen twins as well.

Was Bob Saget Arrested?

Over the years, there have been many rumors about Saget being arrested. The truth is that he was never arrested for drug or alcohol use. However, he did state in his 2014 memoir that he was a very heavy drinker after the ending of his first marriage. The actor admitted to boasting about driving better when he was drunk and repeatedly got behind the wheel intoxicated.

He admits to being pulled over at one point while intoxicated and on the way to picking up an item for his daughter. Although the cop “showed him compassion” and didn’t arrest him, Saget noted that the experience changed his behavior. He quit drinking cold turkey. He did note in his memoir that his actions were stupid, and he’s glad that he didn’t harm anyone else during that dark time in his life.

Bob Saget Drugs and Alcohol Addiction

Many fans of the Full House series blindly thought of Bob Saget as the all-around great American dad. His uplifting personality and clean comedic jokes on the series positioned him as clean as one could be. However, in Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man, Turned Filthy Comedian Saget shares his actual life experiences.

The book reveals how much Saget felt constrained by this national title of the “best dad” due to the Fuller House series. He goes in-depth speaking about his personal life and struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. His 2014 memoir brought to light various instances of improper behavior on the set of Fuller House.

One memory that Saget writes that he regretted was the whippets that he and fellow cast members John and Dave did on set. In his book, Saget notes that while waiting impatiently for the shooting of other cast members to seize, he grabbed Dave and John and went into a prop room. He opened the refrigerator and found cans of whipped cream.

Saget states that he, Dave, and John all took a can and inhaled some of the nitrous oxide. As he revealed the story, he noted that nitrous oxide can be very dangerous and lead to brain damage. This part of his book shocked many Danny Tanner lovers as their all-American idol dad turned into your run-of-the-mill male trying drugs.

The Fuller House Drug Curse

While Saget did face slight drug and alcohol problems throughout his life, he’s not the only one. There are many members of the Fuller House family that underwent their own struggles with addiction and sought out drug rehab programs to overcome them. John Stamos has been one of the most recently noted.

John Stamos

John Stamos

In June of 2015, Stamos was arrested for driving under the influence. He did plead no contest to the charges. Sources note that he was under the influence of GHB, a well-known party drug. After being arrested, Stamos did seek assistance from a rehab facility to treat his drug addiction. He later noted that his addiction started due to the personal loss of his mother.

Jodie Sweetin

Jodie Sweetin

Jodie Sweetin, the beloved Stephanie Tanner, has made many headlines after the end of the Fuller House series. In a 2006 interview with Good Morning America, Sweetin openly admitted that she was addicted to methamphetamine. The actress stated that she started her drug habit in 1995 as the Full House series went off the air.

Sweetin explains that much of her identity was based on her job at Full House. The series ended when she was only 13 years old. The emotional trauma of finding a new identity was very overwhelming for the actress. She noted that her drug abuse started with drinking a couple of times a week. After experimenting with pot, she turned to cocaine and Ecstasy in college.

At the 2004 premiere of the Olsen twins’ movie “New York Minute”, Sweetin admits to snorting crystal meth in the bathroom. Between 2006 and 2007, she even admitted that she spent an estimated $60,000 on drugs to support her habit. The actress initially sought drug rehab and supposedly ousted her drug addiction. However, Sweetin admits that she didn’t undergo a full recovery. Rather, the public fell in love with her new image of being sober, and she cashed in on that habit.

In fact, she was often hired on as a lecturer for colleges to speak about her drug addiction recovery. Sweetin revealed that she would do drugs before going on stage to help battle the feelings of shame that came along with hiding her drug use. Sweetin admitted to doing coke, meth, Ecstasy, and drinking alcohol. She finally sought out a full recovery in December of 2008. Much of her drug struggles and drug rehab story can be found within her book unSweetined.


As Bob Saget and other members of the Full House family have proven, drug and alcohol addiction doesn’t skip over the famous ones. Rather, many people struggle with addiction and overcome it. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction or facing difficult times due to addiction, please contact Mid Hudson Addiction Recovery for help today!


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