Bob Saget’s head injury, including several skull fractures, was possibly caused by a fall on a carpeted floor, said Florida officials on Tuesday.
“Yesterday, a court order was entered prohibiting the release of certain materials gathered during the course of OCSO’s investigation into the death of Bob Saget. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will comply with the order, while remaining committed to transparency and following the law regarding access to public records,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Florida, told WESH-TV and other local media.
A doctor who performed the autopsy on the “Full House” star said that fractures in Saget’s eye sockets and bleeding around his brain may have been caused by him hitting “something hard, covered by something soft,” including a carpet, according to the report.
Saget, who was also a standup comedian and who hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” was found dead in a Florida hotel room in January. A Florida judge this week permanently blocked the release of certain details about Saget’s case after his family filed a lawsuit seeking the order.
The medical examiner in January concluded that Saget died from an accidental blow to the head, possibly due to a backward fall. Investigators previously said there was no foul play in his death, and a toxicology report found there were no illegal drugs or toxins in his system at the time of death.
In the incident report released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, a detective noted that Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany said the fractures “would have stunned Mr. Saget,” and that he would have experienced dizziness, reported The Associated Press.
If Saget were around people, they would have noticed him exhibiting “confusion, balance, and/or slurred speech,” the police report said, without noting where he fell.
After his autopsy was released, investigators re-investigated Saget’s hotel room.
“The countertops, tables, nightstands, and other hard furniture in the room all had sharply defined edges and corners and were thought to be unlikely due to the fact that they would have lacerated the skin,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Office report said, local media reported. “Most of the chairs and couches were thickly upholstered and were too soft to have caused the type and extent of injury Mr. Saget suffered.”
They also spoke to individuals who interacted with the actor in the days leading up to his death, and they said Saget appeared to be fine and showed no signs of impairment, according to the report.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.