Kelly Rizzo recalls 'special time' with husband Bob Saget in emotional tribute a year after his death
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Kelly Rizzo reportedly said that living without her late husband Bob Saget for nearly a year after his unexpected death felt "surreal" and expressed that she found a sense of purpose in sharing her sorrow. Talking about the past year without her husband of four years, the comedian's widow opened up about her loss to TODAY on December 29.
The 65-year-old actor was discovered in a Florida hotel room on January 9, 2022, following an accidental head injury. According to the autopsy, the cause behind Saget's tragic death was a "blunt head trauma" that resulted in multiple fractures to the skull and hemorrhaging in the brain, reported MEAWW.
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"When I think about the fact that I haven’t talked to or seen my husband in a year, that’s very surreal and very, very strange," said Rizzo who got emotional while speaking about grief. On Christmas, Rizzo shared a few pictures of herself with Saget and paid an emotional tribute to her late husband, urging everyone to "cherish every single moment."
"I certainly didn’t think that our first Christmas together (in the same city) last year would be our last. ( it was the first year he came to Chicago to spend Christmas with my family along with my wonderful step-daughter, Lara) I’m so glad we had that special time together," she wrote, reminiscing her Christmas memories with Saget.
"He got to spend time with my niece Alex, who was only 2, and got to meet my niece Brooklyn who was only 2 weeks old. Alex still remembers “Uncle Bob” and talks about him every single day. He certainly left a lasting impression that I’m so grateful for. But Bob did that with everyone he met," she said.
"The holidays are a time for hope, love, and togetherness. I pray that if you’re missing a loved one this holiday season, that you’re blessed with many deep and loving memories and gratitude that will help carry you through. As I’ve said before, I’m just so grateful that I got to have that incredible man in my life and that I got to be in his for 6 years. There’s no greater Christmas present than that. Sending love and prayers and wishes to you all. And I cannot thank you all enough for almost a full year of all the love and support and kindness from everyone. It means more than you know. I can only hope to show you how thankful I am and give it back a bit over time. ❤️🩹❤️🎄❤️🩹❤️🎄," Rizzo further added in the post.
The 'Eat, Travel, Rock' creator said on TODAY that "this is having some sort of impact on people who have gone through something similar, and now it’s just given me this whole new sense of purpose and life to be able to share this."
The 43-year-old actress has been receiving support from the late actor's friends and his three daughters Aubrey, 35, Lara, 33, and Jennifer, 30, whom he had during his first marriage with Sherri Kramer.
Rizzo said that "the three of them are just everything to me because they were everything to him, and so keeping them close really is everything.".
The food and travel show host spoke about their happiest times while being in the kitchen together and Rizzo also shared about finding comfort in cooking. "He was always my biggest fan," she said. "He loved all the videos. And so I feel like now it’s kind of another way to honor him," she said.
“The missing him and the being sad about it doesn’t go away, but the grief now has really morphed into just this tremendous gratitude for the time that we had together,” Rizzo said as she expressed that she has a new feeling now mixed with her grief after a year since Saget's death.
Talking about her grief and her life at present, Rizzo said that she finds Saget's way of turning everything positive in life inspiring and that she is trying to inculcate his approach to life. "When I look at the beginning of the year, of course, I’m like, 'This is the worst thing I and my family and Bob’s family and friends have ever gone through. But then I’m also really trying to take from it what you can do to turn this into a positive experience because Bob did that," Rizzo said.
"He had so much loss in his life, and he turned everything into a positive, reflective experience. If he did that, then I want to use this experience in the same way," she added.