Records from the Bob Saget death inquiry have been temporarily restricted by a judge.
In a bid to keep the comedian’s family from seeing it, they filed a lawsuit Tuesday.
Filings from the inquiry into Bob Saget’s untimely death have been handed to his family by a Florida judge, according to court documents.
He was best known for his role as Danny Tanner on the sitcom “Full House,” but the comedian and actor was discovered dead on January 9 in a hotel room in Florida, according to officials. Saget, 65, died of head trauma last week, according to his family. The cause of death was ruled an accident by the Orange and Osceola counties’ top medical examiner.
This week Saget’s family sued the medical examiner’s office and the Orange County sheriff for injunctive relief to keep any data, including pictures, video and audio recordings, and “statutorily protected autopsy material,” from being released in relation to his death.
An “irreparable loss” will be inflicted on the plaintiffs if the Records are released in response to public records requests or are otherwise distributed for any other cause or purpose, the complaint alleged.
According to the lawsuit, media outlets have or intend to submit public records requests to get the information and claim that no “legitimate public interest would be served” by their release.
The family is claiming “legitimate privacy interests” in order to prevent the publication of the documents to the public and exclusively to his wife and kids.
Judge Vincent Chiu issued the interim order on Wednesday that prevents the sheriff and medical examiner from disclosing Saget’s death information. A future court ruling on the family’s request will extend the injunction.
As Chiu noted in his ruling, “The public’s interest is served by the entry of a temporary injunction to provide the Court enough chance to evaluate Plaintiffs’ genuine privacy interest against the public’s demand for disclosure.”
According to a statement released on Wednesday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is “sensitive” to privacy concerns but “that must be weighed with our commitment to openness, compliance with law and the public’s right to know.”
“We continue to extend our sympathies to Robert Saget’s family and loved ones,” the medical examiner said in a statement. “We have no comment on the lawsuit.”
Saget performed in the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Jacksonville, Florida, the night before he died. According to a police report, he was discovered lifeless in his Orlando Ritz-Carlton hotel “in a supine [facing upward] posture on his bed.”
Dr. Joshua Stephany, the medical examiner in charge of the preliminary autopsy, claimed there was “no sign of drug use or foul play” in the body.
According to the medical examiner’s postmortem report, which ABC News received, Saget suffered several head injuries from blunt force, including a fracture at the base of his skull and fractures in his frontal bone.
According to Saget’s family, the inquiry determined that Saget “accidently bumped the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it, and went to sleep.”
His family has said that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
In the midst of their grief, Bob’s family asked people to remember the joy and happiness he gave to the world, as well as the lessons he taught them, including the need of being nice to everyone, as well as the importance of telling the people you care about how much you care.