Bob Saget remembers late sister Gay and discusses the healing power of laughter in FINAL interview

Full House alum Bob Saget discussed the healing power of laughter during his final interview, which was pre-taped weeks before he died, age 65, on Sunday.

‘[At four years old], I would dance in the living room and just start dancing, dancing stupid to make anybody laugh – just like silent film stars,’ the Philadelphia-born funnyman recalled on CBS This Morning airing this Friday.

‘I knew some jokes, but it wasn’t really jokes. It was just like; “I’ve got to perform. I’ve got to make people laugh.”‘  

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Wistful: Full House alum Bob Saget discussed the healing power of laughter during his final interview, which was pre-taped weeks before he died, age 65, on Sunday

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Bob told CBS News chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jonathan LaPook, that humor was more than just a defense mechanism.

‘It truly helped me survive and it helped keep me mentally alive, rather than letting [negativity] destroy me,’ Saget explained.

The Grammy-nominated comedian recalled a touching moment he shared with his sister Gay Saget before her death, age 47, in 1993 following a four-year battle with the connective tissue disease scleroderma. 

The Philadelphia-born funnyman recalled on CBS This Morning airing this Friday: ‘[At four years old], I would dance in the living room and just start dancing, dancing stupid to make anybody laugh – just like silent film stars’

Bob continued: ‘I knew some jokes, but it wasn’t really jokes. It was just like; “I’ve got to perform. I’ve got to make people laugh”‘

‘It truly helped me survive’: Saget told CBS News chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jonathan LaPook (R), that humor was more than just a defense mechanism

‘When she was still coherent, I could still try to tell her stories and then put some humor in it,’ Bob smiled. 

‘It just happened naturally in our conversations…It is so healthy to laugh. You know that. And I’m out there doing it and I know it’s healing for people.’

Saget served as a board member for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, which he helped raise over $26M for through Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine benefit shows. 

The Grammy-nominated comedian added: ‘And it helped keep me mentally alive, rather than letting [negativity] destroy me’

Siblings: Bob recalled a touching moment he shared with his sister Gay Saget (pictured) before her death, age 47, in 1993 following a four-year battle with the connective tissue disease scleroderma

Saget said: ‘When she was still coherent, I could still try to tell her stories and then put some humor in it. It just happened naturally in our conversations…It is so healthy to laugh. You know that. And I’m out there doing it and I know it’s healing for people’

Up until the end: The Here for You podcaster served as a board member for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, which he helped raise over $26M for through Cool Comedy Hot Cuisine benefit shows

The Here for You podcaster was discovered dead in his suite at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes – but no cause of death has been announced (foul play and drug use were ruled out).

Bob is survived by his three daughters – Lara, 32; Jennifer, 29; and Aubrey, 34 – from his 15-year marriage to Sherri Kramer, which ended in 1997.

Saget is also survived by his widow – Eat Travel Rock TV host Kelly Rizzo – with whom he was married for three years. 

RIP: Bob (pictured Sunday) was discovered dead in his suite at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes – but no cause of death has been announced (foul play and drug use were ruled out)

2005 family portrait: Saget is survived by his three daughters (from L-R) – Lara, 32; Jennifer, 29; and Aubrey, 34 – from his 15-year marriage to Sherri Kramer, which ended in 1997

Grieving: The America’s Funniest Home Videos alum is also survived by his widow – Eat Travel Rock TV host Kelly Rizzo (L, pictured December 24) – with whom he was married for three years

On October 23, the Student Academy Award winner announced he filmed his final subject – Tom Waits – for the Martin Mull documentary he was directing, but it’s unclear if he got to finish the final cut.

Bob’s final acting role was portraying Lawrence in Jeremy LaLonde’s Cayman Islands-set inheritance comedy Killing Daniel formerly known as Blue Iguana, which wrapped production on April 2.

‘Tom is one amazing human beings’: On October 23, the Student Academy Award winner announced he filmed his final subject – Tom Waits (2-L) – for the Martin Mull documentary he was directing, but it’s unclear if he got to finish the final cut

Wrapped production on April 2! Bob’s final acting role was portraying Lawrence in Jeremy LaLonde’s Cayman Islands-set inheritance comedy Killing Daniel formerly known as Blue Iguana

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