The entertainment world was rocked by the tragic death of Bob Saget. The beloved standup comic and star of “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Videos” died in his sleep Jan. 9 after apparently suffering head injuries from a fall, according to an autopsy report (via People). His family and friends are, of course, still devastated, particularly Saget’s wife, Kelly Rizzo, and his television family, including his eldest television daughter, Candace Cameron Bure.
While Saget’s sudden death happened in early 2022, Rizzo said in a June 8 Instagram post, “It still doesn’t feel real.” Since his death, Rizzo has upheld the comic’s memory and legacy through performances, honors, and awards and continues her work as a travel and food blogger at Eat Travel Rock. Bure posted many tributes to Saget on her Instagram, writing the day after his death: “Love you sooooo much. I don’t want to say goodbye. 35 years wasn’t long enough.” Expanding on her feelings in a post the next day, Bure wrote, “Since the day we met when I was 10 years old we have always been so deeply connected. You were not only like a father but one of my closest life friends. It hurts like nothing I’ve ever felt before.”
While it’s clear that both women felt a strong love for Saget, what is Bure and Rizzo’s relationship really like?
Candace Cameron Bure and Kelly Rizzo’s friendship has only grown stronger
Relationships often grow stronger after tragedy, especially the death of a loved one. That was certainly the case for Bob Saget’s widow, Kelly Rizzo, and his on-screen daughter, Candace Cameron Bure. The US Sun reported that Bure arrived at Rizzo’s home the day after Saget’s death to comfort her, while a source said Rizzo was “still stunned” by the news of her husband’s death. Bure’s “Full House” co-star John Stamos also visited Rizzo’s house along with Rizzo’s close friend Aggie Merz to comfort the widow. Even Saget’s ex-wife, Sherri Kramer, arrived at Rizzo’s house on Radar with a bouquet of white flowers. Saget and Kramer divorced in 1997 and had three adult daughters together.
A week after Saget’s official cause of death was released on Feb. 9, Bure spoke to Us Weekly about her relationship with Rizzo. “It definitely brought me and Kelly closer,” Bure said. “I love Kelly. She’s a wonderful person, but now we talk more than we used to, which is wonderful.” Bure also described Rizzo’s situation at the time. “She has such a huge support system around her, which is wonderful, and we’re all there for her, and she takes it one day at a time, but she’s a strong, strong woman.” Bure also said Rizzo follows suit Saget’s death “as best she can”.
Kelly Rizzo, Candace Cameron Bure and other friends celebrate Bob Saget’s birthday
For her latest show of love, Candace Cameron Bure posted a sweet message for Bob Saget on his 66th birthday on May 17th. “I miss you,” she wrote on Instagram with a heartbreak emoji. “Do I still say happy birthday? I don’t know how this works but today I celebrate you as much as my heart aches.” Expressing Saget’s feelings as well as her own in a comment, Kelly Rizzo said, “I love you. And he did, so damn much.”
Of course, Rizzo also posted her own tribute, which was probably even harder given that her own birthday is just two days after her husband’s. “We always celebrated our birthdays together with a trip. (His is 17th and mine is 19th)” she wrote in a statement accompanying photos of her trip to Mexico in 2021. “This last trip was so special. We both celebrated each other so big. You never know when something will be the last time. But I am so grateful that he was showered with all the love he deserves.” She continued, “I love you more than anything and miss you every minute.”
John Stamos also wrote a simple birthday tribute via E! News and said: “Happy Birthday Bobby. I miss you madly.” Even former Late Night host Craig Ferguson, who shares his birthday with Saget, paid homage. “Bob Saget and I used to text each other on our birthdays together,” he tweeted. “No texting this year. Happy birthday, Bob, wherever you are.”