The 44-year-old Dustin Diamond was finest identified for enjoying Samuel “Screech” Powers within the standard Nineties US sitcom approximately a bunch of highschool mates and their headmaster.
He had not too long ago accomplished a primary spherical of chemotherapy after being identified with lung most cancers final month.
His situation had deteriorated quick within the final week, mentioned agent Roger Paul. “Dustin didn’t endure. He didn’t must lie submerged in ache. For that, we’re grateful,” he mentioned on Monday.
Saved by the Bell ran for 4 seasons from 1989 to 1993 and was a worldwide hit collection.
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Co-stars have been paying tribute.
Mario Lopez, identified to followers of the present as AC Slater, mentioned: “Dustin, you may be missed my man. The fragility of this life is one thing by no means to be taken with no consideration. Prayers for your loved ones will proceed on.”
Tori Spelling, who starred in a couple of episodes alongside Diamond, described him as being “an icon to me, personally and professionally” as she reminisced approximately him being her first on-screen love.
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who performed Zack Morris, tweeted that Diamond was “a real comedic genius” and Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond dies at 44mentioned he “will miss these uncooked, sensible sparks that solely he was capable of produce”.
Tiffani Thiessen , who performed Kelly Kapowski, posted that she was “deeply saddened” by the information.
“Life is extraordinarily fragile and it is one thing we must always by no means take with no consideration. God pace Dustin,” she wrote.
Lark Voorhies, who performed Lisa Turtle within the present, mentioned in an announcement given to Leisure Weekly: “Phrases can not specific the grief that I’m feeling proper now. Dustin and I had a heat and particular friendship, he was a caring gentleman, and my recollections of him will at all times be cherished.
“I’m so very sorry he’s gone. Nevertheless it‘s exceptionally unhappy for his shut family members who must cope with his tragic demise and their very own nice loss. My coronary heart goes out to them at this making an attempt time.”
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, who appeared within the present as Jessie Spanno, wrote that Dustin “was a very gifted expertise“.
Chat present host Wendy Williams additionally paid tribute.
Diamond reprised his function in follow-up collection Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and Saved by the Bell: The Faculty Years. However he didn’t seem within the current revival collection.
The American was additionally a contestant on Celeb Huge Brother in 2013.
Diamond served three months in jail after he stabbed a person throughout an altercation at a bar in Wisconsin in 2014.