Even at the end, “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond never let cancer get him down. A friend recently revealed an audio message left by the actor. And for fans of the sitcom and Diamond, it’s just a bit devastating.
In what ended up being his last recorded message, Diamond tried to make light of his situation. According to the Sun, his doctors had just told him any slight scratch could kill him. His blood was low on platelets due to the stage four small-cell carcinoma.
Diamond didn’t want his friend Dan Block to worry so he tried to pass it off as a joke.
“I’m waiting for my doctors to get back in here,” Diamond said. “When I swallow my throat hurts… but like something dropped honey on the bedsheet, not even the floor, not my jeans, so it’s five-second rule… yeah [but even the] the 0.0005-second rule could kill me.”
The Actor Coped with Humor
By this point, Diamond could barely speak. Shortly after, he wouldn’t be able to speak at all. His friend, Dan Block, decided to share the video to show that Diamond kept his good spirits until the end. He said Diamond would often try to joke to avoid the harsh reality of his situation.
“He knew it was serious. But he’s still trying to make people smile – I thought I’d share it because it shows people he was making jokes until the end,” Block told the outlet. “He would be crying, then I would be crying and he’d say something to make me laugh, and then he’d start laughing. Seeing me laugh would make him feel better.”
On “Saved by the Bell,” the actor was known for his comedy as Screech. After the show ended, the actor had his share of controversies. But his comedy made him beloved by millions. Block revealed that Diamond used similar coping mechanisms in real life.
Dustin Diamond Would Joke with Hospital Staff
He would also try to joke with the nurses and doctors, though the hospital staff didn’t always find Diamond funny.
“Another thing he said to me while he was in the hospital was, ‘I’m telling jokes and even my nurses are heckling me.. I’m dying and I’m trying to tell jokes and they’re not even laughing!'” Block said. “He said, ‘Come on man, I don’t have much of an audience to work with and they’re still heckling me, I’m getting heckled on my deathbed!'”
Diamond passed away on Feb. 1 at 44-years-old. The actor passed after being moved from the hospital to his home for hospice care. Block said he will remember his friend for his warmth and for the humor he brought to his life every day.
“He was hilarious,” Block said. “He was always trying to make jokes, make people laugh, everything was a joke to him.”