Bob Saget had just started to open up about his struggles—and how comedy has always helped him overcome it.
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Saget, who was found dead in his hotel room in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, confessed during his last interview, which airs tomorrow on CBS’s “This Morning,” that his passion for comedy “really made me feel alive.” helped,” he said.
On December 6, the late comedian sat down with CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. John LaPook to discuss Saget’s campaign to raise awareness of scleroderma, a rare disease that killed his sister in 1994.
Saget, who died at the age of 65, shared some of his earliest memories of performing at the age of 4.
He recalled, “I would dance in the living room and just start dancing, like a silent film star, a stupid dance to make anyone laugh.” “And I knew some jokes, but it wasn’t really a joke. It was like, I have to perform, I have to make people laugh.”
The “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host admits she needs a laugh, too.
“It was a defense mechanism and it really helped me survive,” he said of his 45-year career as a stand-up comedian and actor on “Full House.”
“It helped keep me alive mentally, not letting go” [adversity] Destroy me,” he said.
Saget recently turned his attention to scleroderma advocacy in honor of his sister Gay, who died of the disease at the age of 47. He was a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF).
Hours before the news of his death hit the headlines on January 9, SRF published a blog post written by Celebrity Advocate.
“My heart goes out to all those who have lost a loved one to this disease,” Saget wrote. “No one should be victimized as gay, which is why I am committed to finding a cure and a proud board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation.”