On Interstate 405, emotions erupted as John Mayer and Jeff Ross drove Bob Saget’s automobile back from Los Angeles International Airport from the terminal on Wednesday. The singer and comedian took to Mayer’s Instagram live to share laughter and tears over their friend.
On Sunday, Saget was found unresponsive after he had completed a stand-up performance the night before in Jacksonville. Many of his friends and fans have expressed their gratitude for the 65-year-old actor, including Mayer and Ross, who are among several pals.
“I’ve never known a human being on this earth who could give that much love individually and completely to that many people in a way that made each person feel like he was a main character in their life, and they were a main character in his life,” Mayer said of his pal of 15 years. “It’s like music to be able to say, ‘I loved that guy.'”
During the 25-minute video, Mayer explained that his own love and sadness for Saget was not intended to take away from anybody else’s.
“We are just a couple of stars in the galaxy of Bob Saget’s loved ones,” he said. “This is one story out of a gigantic tapestry of stories with people.”
Mayer posted twice earlier this week, sharing photos with his “brother Bob,” and writing, “I’ve met many people in my life, but when Bob crossed my path, I just held onto him, and I wasn’t letting go. I knew he was the realest thing. I would like you to know that the man you hope was as awesome as you think was way beyond what you can ever imagine.”
The positivity that Saget emanated despite his often-harsh life made the pair of them laugh. The Full House patriarch and America’s Funniest Home Videos host was no stranger to sadness; he had lost both of his sisters at a young age.
“He had every reason under the sun not to trust the system, because in a lot of ways, a lot of times, that system failed him,” Mayer said. “And his joy and his innocence in the face of a life that really took from him in places was his middle finger to it all.”
“Get ready for some records.” Mayer noted that at a time like this, he would have turned to Saget for words of wisdom, calling him, “a professor of grief.”
“We’re not made to mourn forever,” Ross added. “We mourn and then we move on, and Bob helped teach me that.”
The pair smiled as they joked about what Saget would be saying if he could see them now and what passers-by must have thought when they encountered the unlikely duo.
Ross, the self-appointed “Roastmaster General,” joked, “Everybody’s driving by going, ‘Why are Johnny Depp and Pitbull driving that Prius?'”
Mayer concluded by saying he will keep repeating “I love you, Bob” aloud as he grapples with the loss.
“I don’t know if this was his first life or his 70th life,” Mayer said. “That man made it to the waterfall. I promise you that.”
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