Bob Saget had catastrophic head injuries and was COVID positive when he died

Bob Saget died on January 9th at the age of 65. He was found in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida

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Bob SagetAn Orange County coroner's report obtained by PEOPLE Thursday said Saget likely fell backward and hit the back of the head. At the time of his death, he had fractures on the back of his head and around his eyes. According to the report, the beloved Full House actor had posterior scalp abrasions, subgaleal hemorrhage (this is blood that forms between the skull and scalp), discoloration in the upper and lower eyelids from a skull fracture, subdural hematoma (this is a collection of blood on the brain surface) and subarachnoid hemorrhage (which bleeds into the space surrounding the brain). To learn more about Bob Saget, listen to our daily PEOPLE Every Day podcast below. Saget was also COVID-19 positive at the time of his death, according to an autopsy. Although Saget had no illegal drugs or toxins in his system, the report indicated that he was taking the prescription drug clonazepam, which treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. In addition, Saget's autopsy revealed that he had cardiomegaly (an enlarged heart), coronary artery atherosclerosis (damage or disease in the large blood vessels of the heart), and aortic atherosclerosis (deposition of plaque in the wall of the aorta). dr Roshini Raj, associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Health, told PEOPLE, "This report shows that [the skull and] brain suffered trauma that resulted in skull fractures, brain bruising and actual bleeding in the area around the brain led around . This blood can compress the brain and cause death. The coroner determined that this trauma was most likely caused by an accidental fall backwards." Regarding the fracture around Saget's eyes, Raj said, "The head hits something hard and the skull fractures in various places, including the eye sockets (the part of the skull around eyes) and this causes bleeding that compresses the brain. The power of a punch to the head can also directly bruise and damage the brain." RELATED: Bob Saget died of head trauma, his family confirms a month after he was found dead at the Orlando Hotel. The report comes a day after Saget's cause of death was confirmed in a statement from his family.(Saget is survived by his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and their three daughters -- Aubrey, 34, Lara, 32, and Jennifer, 29 -- whom he shared with ex-wife Sherri Kramer.) "Authorities determined that Bob died from head trauma,” the Saget family said Wednesday. “They have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head, didn't think anything of it, and fell asleep." Saget's family added that they have been "overwhelmed by the incredible love from Bob's fans" in the weeks since his death, and that the support "has been a great comfort to us and to them we are eternally grateful." "Now that we have the final conclusions from the authorities' investigation, we felt it was right for fans to learn those conclusions directly from us," they continued. "As we continue to mourn together, we ask everyone to remember the love and laughter Bob brought into this world and the lessons he taught us all: to be kind to everyone, to people letting those you love know you love them and meeting difficult times with hugs and laughter Circumstances surround death and after physical examination, toxicological analysis, histology and a respiratory tract panel, I am of the opinion that the death of Mr Saget A toxicology analysis found no illegal drugs or toxins. At the time, the Orange County Sheriff's Department told PEOPLE that "the case is still open" regarding Sagets' investigation RELATED: Kelly Rizzo Marks 1 Month Since Death of Late Husband Bob Saget: He "Really Lived Life to the Fullest" Saget died Jan. 9 at the age of 65 Evidence of drug use or foul play." Saget also shared a selfie after the two-hour set, praising the "really nice crowd," adding, "Lots of positivity." The following day, Rizzo, 42, took to social media and shared a touching Instagram tribute to her late husband . But instead to think how lucky I was to be the one to be married to THE MOST INCREDIBLE MAN IN THE WORLD," she wrote in part. We had this time to make each other as happy as we've ever been and change each other's lives forever." RELATED: John Stamos delivered heartbreaking tribute to Bob Saget at his memorial — read his full eulogy "We loved each other so damn much and told each other 500 times a day. In the weeks since, Saget's friends have continued to honor him most recently with a tribute event at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles that John Stamos described as "the farewell, he really would have loved.” Don't miss a story – sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to keep up with the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling stories from Human Interest On Wednesday, Rizzo honored her husband on the month-old anniversary of his death by releasing a video montage of her and Saget serving food and drink at the enjoy all over the world. "A month without this incredible man," she captioned the emotional Instagram clip, "Bob really lived his life to the fullest. He's had so many difficulties over the years that he would always tell me, "Look, life is hard, we need to enjoy it as much as we can." And one of the best ways we've done that together was that Sharing and exploring amazing food around the world." "We were always in our happy place together when we were in a restaurant, hotel lobby bar or even in our own kitchen when I was trying to bring a new creation out on him", she added, before closing her post by saying, "Experiencing simple pleasures in life like this brought him so much joy.


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