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'Far from a head bump': Bob Saget's autopsy report raises questions, shows multiple fractures to the skull

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Earlier this week, Bob Saget's family released a statement saying the beloved actor and comedian died from head trauma.

"The authorities have determined that Bob passed from head trauma. They have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep," the statement said, going on to note that "no drugs or alcohol were involved."

But an autopsy report released Friday suggested Saget's injuries were far more severe than a "slip and fall" accident, raising a number of questions about how the actor suffered multiple fractures to the skull and hemorrhaging near the brain.

"Far from a head bump that might have been shrugged off, the autopsy described an unmistakably serious set of injuries that would at the very least have probably left someone confused, brain experts said," read a tweet from NYT Science.

“This is significant trauma,” Director of the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute Gavin Britz reported. “This is something I find with someone with a baseball bat to the head, or who has fallen from 20 or 30 feet.”

"This is not a 'slip & fall.' This is not a minor concussion. This is MAJOR head trauma," tweeted emergency physician and researcher Dr. Megan Ranney, along with a copy of the autopsy report.

The report revealed that Saget’s injuries included an abrasion of the posterior of his scalp, subgaleal hemorrhaging under the abrasion, multiple fractures to the skull, a subdural hematoma and additional hemorrhaging. His death on Jan. 9 has been ruled an accident.

CNN’s chief medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta said the autopsy report reveals Saget's injuries were "not a simple bump on the head" but a "very significant blow to the head" that would be consistent with a fall down a flight of stairs or a major car accident.

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