The family of Bob Saget filed a lawsuit Wednesday morning to block the release of records related to the actor’s cause of death. Bob Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, and his three daughters, Aubrey, Lara, and Jennifer, jointly filed against both Orange County Sheriff John Mina and the office of the medical examiner.
According to NBC News, the family believes that certain, graphic material from the comedian’s death records, such as photographs, video, and autopsy information, should remain hidden from the public due to how they depict the deceased actor.
“Upon information and belief, some of these records graphically depict Mr. Saget, his likeness or features, or parts of him, and were made by Defendants during Defendants’ investigations,” the family of Bab Saget’s lawsuit read.
According to the motion filed, the family would “suffer irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress” if the records were released publicly.
Since the comedian was found dead in his hotel room on Jan. 9 at the age of 65, only minor details have been released about his mysterious cause of death.
While an autopsy from the medical examiner’s office ruled out drug use or foul play, experts were unable to determine just what caused the actor’s death despite high spirits earlier in the day. A toxicology report, which will not be available for another six to eight weeks, may provide more answers.
His final stand-up show the night before his death, at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Jacksonville, Fl., was described by audiences as “energetic,” as the comedian worked through new material for an upcoming special he was going to film. He returned to his Ritz-Carlton hotel. Later, security found him unresponsive on his bed after the family of Bob Saget called in, worried that he could not be reached.
Orange County Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany later revealed that Bob Saget suffered from some kind of head trauma, baffling investigators. If the comedian suffered from a heart attack and fell onto the bed, he could have hit his head during the fall, but officers were puzzled by what would have caused him to hit his head in such a manner.
“It is most probable that [he] suffered an unwitnessed fall backwards and struck the posterior aspect of his head,” Stephany stated, arguing that he believed the hit to the back of his head likely occurred as he fell. He likely became unconscious after that.
The comedian tested positive for Covid-19 right before his death, but medical examiner’s confirmed that the diagnosis likely had nothing to do with his cause of death.
According to the lawsuit filed by the family of Bob Saget, “no legitimate public interest would be served by the release or dissemination of the records to the public.” Filing a temporary injunction, Bob Saget’s wife and his three daughters await the court’s decision.
Previously, the family had been very open about support received from the public following the comedian’s death, thanking fans after “the final conclusions from the authorities’ investigation” were released.
“As we continue to mourn together, we ask everyone to remember the love and laughter that Bob brought to this world, and the lessons he taught us all: to be kind to everyone, to let the people you love know you love them, and to face difficult times with hugs and laughter,” the family of Bob Saget wrote.
Releasing a statement in response, The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that, “While we are sensitive to the family’s concerns about the right to privacy, that must be balanced with our commitment to transparency, compliance with the law, and the public’s right to know.”