The entertainment world lost a small screen star and comedy icon and fans lost a beloved TV dad when “Full House” star Bob Saget died Sunday at the age of 65.
And John Mayer lost a friend he called a brother.
On Wednesday, the musician, who performed at Saget's 2018 wedding, did one last favor for his brother, as he drove the actor’s car home from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where Saget had parked it prior to flying out for his recent stand-up tour dates.
The ride turned out to be an emotional road trip, as Mayer opened up to friend and funnyman Jeffrey Ross about the man they're both mourning in a video he shared live on Instagram.
“I’ve just 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 as he drove down California's 405 Freeway. "Everyone is so aware how universal Bob’s love for people was."
That love was what the 44-year-old guitar great called “the greatest gift that (Bob) left people" in the wake of his passing.
"Because all we have is the pain of his going, and we don’t have to worry about the accounting," Mayer continued. "The affairs are in order in terms of not having to wonder how Bob felt about us.”
Ross agreed, adding that, “(Bob) ended the most benign conversations with ‘I love you.’”
Throughout the ride, tears came to Mayer's eyes as he reflected on Saget and on the pain of grief. He noted that his friend was a man who knew a great deal about grieving, having lost family members before, including his sister, Gay Saget, who died of scleroderma in 1994.
Mayer mentioned that he himself didn't really have past experiences with such grief before this, and that it was ironic, “The guy to help with this is the guy who’s not here.”
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"Bob had every excuse under the sun to be cynical, to be upset, to be distrusting of fate," Mayer explained. "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. ... He had every reason to be the guy in the back of the bar, bitter. ... (Instead) his protest against the cruelty of these things was that he was going to smile, and spread love, and be childlike, and be innocent, and be loving, even after what he knew could happen in this world.”
Saget's love and compassion remained the main topic of conversation throughout the journey the men shared, even as the video neared its end.
“I have to say, disclaimer, we are just a couple of stars in the galaxy of Bob Saget’s loved ones,” Mayer explained. “This is one story out of a gigantic tapestry of stories from people. ... This guy replicated direct-connect love with more people than I ever would be able to.”