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Orange County sheriff's office releases new information on what may have caused Bob Saget's catastrophic head injuries

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The Orange County sheriff's office in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday released an incident report from Chief Medical Examiner Joshua Stephany, who stated that Bob Saget's death could possibly have been caused by a fall on his hotel room's carpeted floor.

What are the details?

According to WOFL-TV, authorities said that Saget was found to have sustained a fracture near the base of his skull and experienced a brain bleed.

WOFL reported that the report noted that "the amount of force necessary to cause the fracture, coupled with the fact that the skin on the back of the head was still intact, led [Stephany] to believe that the injury was most likely caused by ‘something hard, covered by something soft,’ and he gave, as an example, a fall onto a carpeted floor."

Stephany noted that such a fall would have stunned Saget, resulting in the late comedian experiencing dizziness.

The report added that there were no signs of struggle in the room, nor was there any blood present on the hotel's bed sheets or covers.

In January, the medical examiner's office concluded that Saget died from an accidental blow to the head, likely due to a fall. The autopsy report noted that Saget was found with an abraded scalp, base of skull fracture, fractured orbitals, brain bleed, and bleeding between the brain and its protective tissue cover.

"Officials say they went back to the hotel room where Saget was staying at the time of his death to reexamine it, trying to find clues as to what he may have hit his head on," WOFL's report continued. "The report states that they ruled out countertops, nightstands, tables and other hard furniture because they all had sharp, defined edges that did not match his injuries. They did note, however, that the entire room was carpeted."

"The headboard of the bed was lightly padded and set slightly out from the wall," the report added. "These are listed here as possible mechanisms of injury, but nothing was located in the room that allows for a definitive conclusion."

On Monday, a judge made permanent an order prohibiting the release of photos, videos, or other relevant records as they pertained to Saget's death.

The report noted that investigators have deemed Saget's death an "unusual case" with a "lot of unanswered questions," and medical experts from across the country have weighed in on the autopsy's initial findings, stating that Saget's injuries were more consistent with a fall from 20 or 30 feet or a baseball bat to the head.

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