Dustin Diamond, the actor best known for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers in the hit 90s sitcom “Saved by the Bell” died earlier today. His death comes after a battle with stage 4 small cell carcinoma, commonly called lung cancer. Before he passed away, Diamond discussed his last wishes with his friends and family.
Doctors at a Florida hospital diagnosed him with lung cancer early last month. He said that his whole body hurt and that he was feeling a general sense of unease. Doctors diagnosed and hospitalized Dustin Diamond after preliminary examinations. While his cancer started somewhere else in his body, it metastasized to his lungs. After his diagnosis, Doctors told Diamond that he had anywhere from mere weeks to five months to live, which is the average prognosis. However, he was told that some patients live up to two years.
Dustin Diamond’s Bucket List
Dustin Diamond and those close to him held out hope for the two-year mark. Diamond’s close friend Dan Block told “The Sun” about Diamond’s last wishes.
First, he wanted to talk to Justin Chancellor, the bassist for the progressive heavy metal band Tool. According to Block, Dustin Diamond was learning to play several Tool songs. The actor planned to start a tribute band and was in the process of putting the band together when he was diagnosed.
Dustin Diamond was also a huge “Star Wars” fan. His other dying wish was to visit the Star Wars Galaxy Edge exhibit at Disney World in Florida.
Dan Block spoke to The Sun about Diamond’s last wishes just hours before the actor died.
Block’s Reaction to Diamond’s Sudden Passing
Those close to Dustin Diamond thought that he had months left to live. They hoped that they had years left. Before Diamond’s death, Dan Block told The Sun, “We do not have any specific timelines, but we know that Dustin needs a miracle to overcome the small cell carcinoma he’s been diagnosed with. He was told weeks to five months is the average but a small percentage of people have lived one to two years with it being stage four.” They knew that if they were going to make Diamond’s wishes come true they would have to move quickly. However, they didn’t know just how little time the actor had left.
According to Block, they were moving Diamond to hospice care today. They did not expect him to die when they removed him from the ventilator to move him to hospice care. His sudden passing shocked his friends, family, and fans around the world.