NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — We now know the cause of death of actor and comedian Bob Saget.
A medical expert in Florida stated Thursday that the comic died from an unintentional blow to the top, doubtless from a backwards fall.
Saget was discovered useless Jan. 9 in a Florida lodge room. He’d carried out within the space the night time earlier than as a part of a stand-up tour.
A toxicology evaluation didn’t present any illicit medicine or toxins in Saget’s physique, based on an announcement from Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany in Orlando.
An post-mortem report launched later Thursday confirmed that Saget had an abrasion on his scalp, a fracture on the base of his cranium, fractures round his eye sockets, bleeding between the mind and tissue overlaying the mind in addition to bruises to the mind. Saget was optimistic for COVID-19 however had no irritation in his respiratory system, based on the report.
“His accidents had been almost definitely incurred from an unwitnessed fall,” the assertion stated. “The style of dying is accident.”
The medical expert’s conclusion was first introduced by Saget’s household on Wednesday.
“The authorities have decided that Bob handed from head trauma,” their assertion stated. “They’ve concluded that he by chance hit the again of his head on one thing, thought nothing of it and went to sleep. No medicine or alcohol had been concerned.”
CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez explains how a seemingly minor bump on the top led to Saget’s dying.
It was nearly precisely a month in the past that Saget was found dead in his Orlando, Florida hotel room the morning after doing a comedy show. On the time, authorities stated there was no proof of medication, alcohol or foul play. Now, Saget’s household and the medical expert have concluded that he by chance hit the again of his head on one thing, thought nothing of it, and went to sleep. Different sources advised TMZ that the blunt head trauma apparently induced a deadly mind bleed throughout the night time.
One thing comparable occurred to actress Natasha Richardson, who died after an unremarkable fall on a newbie’s ski slope.
That raises the query of how an apparently minor bump on the head can develop into deadly.
“Falls are literally the highest reason for traumatic mind harm total in our nation, actually in individuals 65 and above, and I consider Mr. Saget was 65. Mind tissue may be very delicate, but in addition could cause bleeding within the head,” stated Dr. Brian Greenwald of Hackensack Meridian Health.
Greenwald, a neurologist, headed the crew that nursed comic Tracy Morgan after his devastating crash on the New Jersey Turnpike several years ago. He stated that clearly not each bump on the top warrants a visit to the emergency room, however there are specific indicators that do name for medical consideration.
“Individuals who after hitting their head have a lack of consciousness, or a change of their degree of consciousness, or a time frame that they don’t recall after hitting their head,” Greenwald stated.
Different warning indicators embody persistent or worsening headache, nausea or vomiting, convulsions or seizures, and incapability to awaken from sleep.
Sadly, Greenwald stated that Saget’s superstar standing could have saved him from going to the emergency room, and many individuals have additionally averted wanted medical care due to concern of COVID-19. Hospitals are actually very protected from the virus.
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