“Today will be the hardest day of my life,” Saget’s “Full House” co-star, John Stamos, wrote on Twitter Friday morning. Early Friday afternoon, Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, responded to Stamos, writing, “I love you, brother.”
Stamos has poured out his emotions on social media throughout the week, writing Thursday, “The mornings are hard. Middle of the day comes in waves. Mostly bad. Nighttime is hard. I miss getting a text from him right now. Me answering. Him saying he’s too tired to respond. Me saying `Then why’d you text me so early?”’
The service was closed to the public and reserved for close friends and family members.
TMZ published a series of photos from the private funeral service at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, showing various “Full House” cast members and others arriving at the cemetery. The service was followed by a reception at the home of “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin, TMZ reported.
In addition to his widow and “Full House” co-stars, more than 100 of Saget’s friends and colleagues also attended including fellow comedians Dave Chappelle, Kathy Griffin, Chris Rock, Jimmy Kimmel and Jeff Ross. Pallbearers included Ross, John Mayer, Judd Apatow, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos and “Full House” co-stars, Stamos and Dave Coulier, according to multiple media reports.
A larger, public memorial service is planned for later this year.
Saget, 65, was known for his work on “Full House,” but he also hosted “America’s Funniest Home Videos” from 1990 to 1997. A publicist for ABC Entertainment said “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” now hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro, will present a tribute to Saget this Sunday, honoring “a comedy legend and the backbone of a TV show that has gone on to entertain not only America but the world.”
He was found dead in an Orlando, Florida, hotel room on Sunday. Coroner’s officials in Florida said a cause of death was pending toxicology reports, which could take 10 to 12 weeks, but there was “no evidence of drug use or foul play.”
Saget was in Florida as part of his nationwide “I Don’t Do Negative Comedy Tour.” Saget, despite his clean-cut, fatherly television persona, was notoriously different in his stand-up career, with shows that his fellow comedians described as “R-rated.”
According to a report released by the Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, Saget was found dead by a hotel security officer who went to his Ritz-Carlton hotel room after the comedian’s family was unable to contact him. According to the report, Saget was lying face up on his bed, had no pulse, was unresponsive and cold to the touch.
The report indicated there were no signs of foul play, and the room was in order, with Saget’s possessions on the nightstand, closet, bathroom and TV stand.
On Monday, Stamos posted a message from the entire “Full House” cast on Instagram.
“Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family,” the cast wrote. “And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried. Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us. Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob’s honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob.”
On Thursday, comedian Jeff Ross and singer John Mayer posted a video online as they retrieved Saget’s car from where it was parked at Los Angeles International Airport.
“He loved making people happy,” Ross said in the video. “It didn’t matter who you were. It didn’t matter your stature, your status.”