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'He was a real friend to me': Cleveland native and comedian Drew Carey reacts to the death of fellow comic Bob Saget

Carey celebrated how Saget, 65, encouraged him when he was getting his start in the entertainment industry
Credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
FILE - Bob Saget attends the "Shameless" FYC event at Linwood Dunn Theater on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Saget, a comedian and actor known for his role as a widower raising a trio of daughters in the sitcom “Full House,” has died, according to authorities in Florida, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. He was 65. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

CLEVELAND — Cleveland native and comedy star Drew Carey is "hurt" over the death of fellow comic Bob Saget, who died on Sunday at the age of 65.

Carey, star of the modern version of The Price is Right and The Drew Carey show, tweeted about his early experiences with Saget, when he was just getting started in the entertainment industry.

"Well this one hurts," Carey wrote in a post shared on the evening of January 9. "I loved Bob Saget. He gave me so much encouragement when I first started out. He was a real friend to me too. Not just a mentor. I always looked up to him. He was SO damn funny and so kind. Ugh. [broken heart emoji]"

Saget, best known for playing one of America's favorite dads: Danny Tanner on the hit TV sitcom "Full House" and the Netflix sequel "Fuller House," was found unresponsive in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando earlier in the day Sunday, where he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"Detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case," the sheriff's office wrote on Twitter. According to a release from authorities, his cause of death will be determined by the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office. 

Saget also hosted America's Funniest Videos, appeared in many movies and TV shows, and is known for his raunchy stand-up comedy shows. 

Saget had recently started traveling the country on his "I Don't Do Negative" comedy tour. In his last Twitter post early Sunday morning, he thanked fans in Jacksonville for being an "appreciative audience" during his Saturday night show. 

In an earlier tweet, he said he was "loving beyond words" being on tour. 

Behind the scenes, Saget was known for his work as a philanthropist. He served as a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, supporting people with the same disease that killed his sister.