Dave Coulier’s Sobriety Helped Him Cope with the Deaths of Bob Saget, His Brother, and His Father
Dave Coulier’s love was not the only one he lost in a year.
When his Full House co-star died at the age of 65 in January, Coulier was already grieving the loss of his brother, Dan Couwlier, who died by suicide nine months prior. A month after Saget died, his father, Dave Couwlier, died at the age of 91.
“My brother committed suicide, and I discovered him downstairs at my father’s house,” Coulier exclusively told E! News. “Talk about a heartbreaker. That was extremely difficult. Then there’s my other brother, Bob Saget. I suddenly lost him… and then I lost my father right after that. “
Coulier, who has known Saget since he was 18 and once slept on his couch when he was starting his career, described Saget’s death as “another heart punch completely out of left field.”
Coulier, who stopped drinking two years ago, is grateful to have kept his sobriety while grieving.
“I really felt the raw feelings of what you’re supposed to feel for the first time in my life,” the 62-year-old told E! News.
I’ll be eternally grateful that I was sober during this because it’s what you’re supposed to feel. You’re supposed to be exhausted, to feel sadness and pain. And I wasn’t feeling it when I was drinking because all those layers were covering it up. “
He leaned on his wife, Melissa, rather than the bottle. “I couldn’t have had a better partner who’s been supportive through all of this,” he exclaimed.
The cast of Full House, including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who he reunited with in January at Saget’s memorial in Los Angeles, was also present for moral support.
“It felt like no time had passed,” Coulier said. “They were so loving and sweet. Even though there was much sadness, there was also much joy in being able to connect the dots over the years and not miss a beat in terms of our friendships and love for each other. “
The Full House cast, which includes Lori Loughlin, John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Jodie Sweetin, has been through a lot together.