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WEEKS BEFORE HE DIED, BOB SAGET OPENED UP ABOUT THE TRAGIC DEATH OF HIS SISTER FOR ONE OF HIS FINAL INTERVIEWS
Just weeks before he died, actor and comedian Bob Saget spent a day with CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook, speaking about his sister Gay, in one of his final interviews. Saget was haunted for years by the death of his older sister, who died in 1994 from scleroderma, an autoimmune disease where excess collagen causes tissue to lose its elasticity. Saget and Dr. LaPook discussed the disease and how Saget used humor to cope with his loss.
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- On his sister’s battle with scleroderma: “It was a three-to-four year process, and she was gone. And I couldn’t bear it...I can’t get the images of the end of her life out of my head, ever.”
- On his sister’s death: “We were all in the room when she let out her last breath. And I don’t know how to explain it, but it felt like – I mean, I’m going to go all ‘woo woo’ here, but it felt like the soul going past us, I literally felt it. I felt my hair kind of move. You know, and being an actor, that’s a very important thing if your hair gets out of place.”
- On the importance of humor: “Humor is the only way my family survived. It’s so healthy to laugh, and I’m out there doing it and I know it’s healing for people.”
- “My sister should not be dead. And that’s one of the things that’s kept me doing this, will keep me doing this until I’m gone. I just...I’ll do it when I’m gone.”
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