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The Tragic Reason Bob Saget Said He Had ‘A Fascination With Death’

In Bob Saget’s 2014 memoir, “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian,” he reflects on many moments of loss. “I’ve always had a fascination with death, being surrounded by so much of it growing up.” Three of his uncles died from heart attacks in an alarming succession, the losses occurring when Saget was 8, 9, and 15, per Page Six. The “Full House” star’s two sisters also died young, one of a brain aneurysm and the other of scleroderma.

This amount of family grief is understandably overwhelming, but Saget went on in his memoir to explain that his parents were going through it before he was even born. The comedian’s mother gave birth to twins on the same day as Saget’s birth date, only two years earlier. Unfortunately, due to a dysentery infestation at the Philadelphia hospital, a situation that was not shared with patients at the time, the healthy twins died along with seven other babies within roughly a week.

Family trauma, particularly the trauma felt in his childhood, would be a major motivator to Saget’s career. He even acted as a board member for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, dedicated to helping fund research and progress for treating the disease, while hosting benefits and performing standup for years, per CNN. His positive attitude through so much darkness will certainly be remembered, especially as he found that, “When tragedy strikes, it’s more important than ever to look for anything that can bring humor and joy to every moment.”


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