The information of Dustin Diamond’s death at the age of 44 traveled shortly Monday, with celebrities and mates from the actor’s profession providing recollections and eulogies for the “Saved by the Bell” star.
“Dustin, you can be missed my man,” Diamond’s “Saved by the Bell” co-star Mario Lopez wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Calling Diamond a “true comedic genius,” one other “Saved by the Bell” star, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, added, “My honest condolences to his household and mates,” earlier than persevering with, “Wanting again at our time working collectively, I’ll miss these uncooked, sensible sparks that solely he was in a position to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade.” (Gosselaar revealed in 2019 that he hadn’t spoken to Diamond since 1994; it’s unclear if the 2 reconciled earlier than the latter’s loss of life.)
One other collection alum, Tiffani Thiessen, memorialized Diamond on her Instagram page, writing, “I’m deeply saddened by the information of my outdated co-star @realdustindiamond passing. Life is extraordinarily fragile and it’s one thing we must always by no means take with no consideration. God velocity Dustin.”
Proof of Diamond’s far-ranging enchantment got here with tributes from left-field sources like former professional wrestler The Iron Sheik, and Newfound Glory drummer Cyrus Bolooki, who apparently texted with Diamond incessantly, and mentioned he would miss Diamond’s “absolute love for all issues music,” including, “unhappy that we by no means bought to jam collectively. Hope you get to maintain taking part in music up in Heaven.”
“You actually have been a diamond who gave the world one of the vital lovable TV characters,” “The Real” co-host Loni Love tweeted. “Thanks for making my childhood just a little extra funnier … relaxation now. Condolences to his household.”
“Relaxation nicely, Dustin,” Marlon Wayans wrote on Instagram. “Thanks for Screech. You made many youngsters [that are] now adults chortle. Will always remember the superstar boxing. And I’m nonetheless making an attempt to neglect that intercourse tape … you lived man. Fairly entertaining. Gone too f–king quickly.”
Diamond was hospitalized in mid-January with widespread ache. His household historical past with most cancers — together with his mom’s loss of life from breast most cancers — reportedly left him fearing the worst. His group confirmed his cancer diagnosis inside days and he immediately started chemotherapy for stage 4 small cell carcinoma.
His situation deteriorated quickly and he was moved to hospice care over the weekend.
“Dustin didn’t endure. He didn’t must lie submerged in ache,” his group wrote in an announcement Monday. “For that, we’re grateful.”