Can a deceased user's Twitter account be verified? Bob Saget's wife Kelly Rizzo asks Elon Musk for help

Can a deceased user's Twitter account be verified? Bob Saget's wife Kelly Rizzo asks Elon Musk for help
Bob Saget's widow, Kelly Rizzo, reached out to Twitter owner Elon Musk to reinstate the blue verification mark on her late husband's account (Mike Coppola, Michael Gonzalez, David Odisho; Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Bob Saget's widow, Kelly Rizzo, asked Twitter CEO Elon Musk for a re-verification of her late husband's Twitter account, on Monday, January 9. On the anniversary of Saget’s death, Rizzo, 43, wrote on Twitter, "Hi, Elon Musk – today on the one-year anniversary of Bob's passing, I saw he's no longer verified. My husband truly loved Twitter. Out of respect for his legacy, can something be done? Thank you kindly (friends, please help)."

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"And the only reason I'm addressing this at all is because I know Bob would be very bummed about this. He'd say, 'Hey, if someone goes to see my page and all the jokes I've tweeted over the years, how will they know it's for sure me!?'" she added in another tweet. Musk, however, has not responded to Rizzo's tweets as of now. 

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Can Twitter keep a deceased user's account verified?

According to the Twitter Help Center, the popular micro-blogging platform does not support the feature of memorializing the accounts of deceased users. For those accounts, the only option is for verified family members to ask the platform to deactivate them entirely. It says, “In the event of the death of a Twitter user, we can work with a person authorized to act on behalf of the estate, or with a verified immediate family member of the deceased to have an account deactivated.” 

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“After you submit your request, we will email you with instructions for providing more details, including information about the deceased, a copy of your ID, and a copy of the deceased’s death certificate. This is a necessary step to prevent false and/or unauthorized reports. Be assured that this information will remain confidential and will be removed once we've reviewed it,” the website added. 

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How did Bob Saget die?

On January 9, 2022, Saget died at the age of 65 after being discovered unconscious in his room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. He had just finished a comedy performance in Jacksonville the previous evening, and he had posted on his social media about how much he had enjoyed the performance and his return to stand-up.

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Bob Saget passed died at the age of 65 after being discovered unconscious in his room (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

After Saget's death, his family's statement read, "In the weeks since Bob's passing, we have been overwhelmed with the incredible outpouring of love from Bob's fans, which has been a great comfort for us and for which we are eternally grateful. Now that we have the final conclusions from the authorities' investigation, we felt it only proper that the fans hear those conclusions directly from us.”

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(L-R) Kelly Rizzo and Bob Saget attend Wheelhouse and Rally's celebrity and content-creator private fund raise event, with rare collectibles on display from sports, culture and history on October 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Rally is a Fractional Investing Platform for Collectibles.
Bob Saget's family, incluing his wife Kelly Rizzo, released a statement after the comedian's death (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

"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. No drugs or alcohol were involved. As we continue to mourn together, we ask everyone to remember the love and laughter that Bob brought to this world, and the lessons he taught us all: to be kind to everyone, to let the people you love know you love them, and to face difficult times with hugs and laughter,” the statement added.

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Bob Saget’s legacy

In addition to his work in comedy, Saget is most known for his role as Danny Tanner in 'Full House', which helped establish him as one of America's most adored "TV dads." Between 1989 and 1997, he served as the host of ‘America's Funniest Home Videos.’ He also made appearances in a number of other television programs, including ‘Raising Dad.’ He also provided the voice of future Ted Mosby on ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

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