Judge grants permanent block of certain records in Bob Saget death

65-year-old died at Orlando hotel in January

FILE - Bob Saget arrives at a screening of "MacGruber" on Dec. 8, 2021, in Los Angeles. Saget's family has released a statement on the cause of his death last month in Florida, citing authorities saying the actor-comedian died from an accidental blow to the head. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) (Richard Shotwell, 2021 Invision)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A judge granted a permanent block of certain records in the death of Bob Saget, according to the family’s attorney.

The updated block comes nearly one month after a temporary injunction filed by the Saget family was granted on the release of records last month.

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Brian Bieber, who is representing the Saget family, released the following statement Monday.

The order blocks the release of certain photographs, video recordings, audio recordings and other information related to his death.

The comedian and actor known as “America’s Dad” for his role as Danny Tanner on “Full House” was found dead at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando in January. The 65-year-old, who was revered for his ability to teeter between funny father figure on TV and raunchy stand-up on stage, was in town for a performance at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.

The family filed the injunction last month “to prevent the disclosure of any photographs or videos of Mr. Saget made by the authorities during their investigation,” according to a statement released by Bieber.

During the course of the investigation, the medical examiner’s office and sheriff’s office created graphic videos and photos of Saget’s body, as well as audio recordings. According to the Associated Press, such records are prohibited by state law from being released publicly, but some media outlets have already filed requests for them, according to the family’s lawsuit.

Orange County deputies said Saget was scheduled to check out of his room and his family called the hotel when they did not hear from him.

An autopsy revealed he died from an accidental blow to the head, according to a statement made by his family in February, Orange and Osceola County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Stephany issued a statement corroborating what the Saget family has said.

“In consideration of the circumstances surrounding the death and after examination of the body, toxicology analysis, histology, and a respiratory pathogen panel, it is my opinion that the death of Mr. Saget, was the result of blunt head trauma,” Stephany said. “His injuries were most likely incurred from an unwitnessed fall. A toxicology analysis did not reveal any illicit drugs or toxins. The manner of death is accident.”

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.