The family of Bob Saget is taking legal action to protect his dignity and privacy.
On Tuesday (February 15), his widow, Kelly Rizzo, and her three daughters filed a lawsuit against the medical examiner’s office and the Orange County Sheriff’s office to block the release of certain records related to the investigation into his death.
The lawsuit states:
In the process of these investigations, Defendants created records which include photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, statutorily protected autopsy information, and all other statutorily protected information.
Upon information and belief, some of these Records graphically depict Mr. Saget, his likeness or features, or parts of him, and were made by Defendants during Defendants’ investigations.
The family argues that if sensitive information related to the investigation is released, it would cause them to “suffer irreparable harm in the form of extreme mental pain, anguish, and emotional distress.”
Brian Bieber, an attorney for the Saget family told CNN:
The facts of the investigation should be made public, but these materials should remain private out of respect for the dignity of Mr. Saget and his family. It’s very simple — from a human and legal standpoint, the Saget family’s privacy rights outweigh any public interest in disclosure of this sensitive information.
Details from the autopsy report showed that Bob Saget had tested positive for COVID-19, he had an enlarged heart that was 95% blocked on one side, and he had Trazodone and Clonazepam/Klonopin in his system.
His cause of death was determined to be a brain bleed as a result of head trauma.
His family released a statement sharing the news of the head trauma.
I applaud the Saget family for taking measures to protect Bob’s privacy and dignity especially after deputies were allegedly passing around the plane crash photos of Kobe Bryant.
My prayers to them.
A judge has granted the family’s request to block the images and videos from being released.