Bob Saget called best friend Norm Macdonald's death 'a knife to the heart' just months before his own tragic passing

BOB Saget paid devastating tribute to his late best friend Norm Macdonald just months before his own death.

Comedian Norm died aged 61 on September 14, 2021, after secretly battling cancer for almost 10 years.

Bob – who passed away on Sunday – had shared an emotional statement on the SNL star's death at the time, calling it a "knife to the heart".

He said in a YouTube video titled "Remembering Norm": “He’s one of the most important people in my life and one of the sweetest. We loved each other.

“I can’t accept that he’s gone, and that’s the shock we’re going through. Sixty-one. It’s a sin for all of us that he’s gone. He cared about people a lot.

"And he felt the human condition so deeply that it affected him in different ways.”

Bob said that Norm had never told him he was sick, although he still "felt it".

"I knew something was wrong. I think a lot of us felt it. His mind was still amazing. I had been texting with him. And I knew that the last month was a turn in whatever was going on," he recalled.

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The Full House star went on: “Two weeks ago, he texted me, ‘How are you? What are you doing? Are you doing stand-up?’

"And I answered him with much too many words. And then I didn’t hear back. And then last week I got a text and just said, ‘I love you.’ I didn’t say much back. I just said, ‘I love you, Norm.’ And that was my last communication with him.”

The pair first met when Norm was 17 and Bob was 21 in Ottawa in 1978.

They became best friends and went on to work together on movies like the 1998 cult classic Dirty Work, which Norm starred in and Bob directed.


Bob's tribute to Norm comes just months before he was found dead in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando on Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Department and fire department arrived at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando at around 4pm after Bob was found in his room by hotel security.

He was pronounced dead at the scene but the circumstances of his death are unknown at this time.

Cops said they found "no signs of foul play or drug use".

Bob's family said in a statement to Us Weekly: "We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today.

“He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter.”


His Full House co-stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and John Stamos paid tribute to him shortly after the devastating news broke.

“Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man," Mary-Kate and Ashley told Page Six.

"We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has.

“We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences.”

The Olsen twins, 35,  both played Michelle Tanner, the daughter of Bob's character Danny Tanner on Full House from 1987 until 1995.

John – who played Bob's brother-in-law Jessie – tweeted: "I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby."


Bob had been touring the country recently, coming to multiple locations in Florida. He was doing a show in Jacksonville Saturday night, staying until early Sunday morning.

“Loved tonight’s show @PV_ConcertHall in Jacksonville. Appreciative audience. Thanks again to @RealTimWilkins for opening,” tweeted Bob at around 3am on Sunday.

He concluded: "I had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight. I’m happily addicted again to this s***."

Bob was best known for his role as Danny Tanner, the patriarch of the Tanner family on the iconic series Full House. He played the role opposite John and Dave Coulier.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three children.

Bob Saget dead at 65 – Full House star passes away at Ritz-Carlton in Orlando hours after final show

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