On Monday, fans got the news that Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on “Saved by the Bell,” had passed away. Diamond passed away at the age of 44 after battling carcinoma for three weeks.
The month before, he had been in the hospital after being diagnosed with cancer.
“Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful,” Diamond’s team said, according to CBS News.
His fellow co-stars such as Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar both tweeted tributes regarding the late actor and friend. Lopez said, “Dustin, you will be missed, my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted.”
Before his diagnosis, Dustin Diamond had plans to help the robot from “Saved by the Bell” live on for fans.
According to TMZ, Dan Block, from Insurance King, shares he and Diamond were recreating Screech’s A.I. friend. The robot was going to appear in a series of insurance ads and commercials.
Unfortunately, Diamond lost his battle with cancer and couldn’t finish the beloved robot. In the past, Diamond had worked on ads for Insurance King. This was going to be a new campaign entirely.
Block said the robot will be completed in a couple of weeks to be used for the reboot. At the same time, a reboot of the show premiered on Peacock in November. Despite Diamond not being offered a role in the first season, Block and fans are now hoping his robot friend can be seen in the upcoming season.
A second 10-episode season is coming soon. All the actors in the original show, besides Diamond, will be returning in their original roles.
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Mario Lopez plays A.C. Slater, a physical education teacher and football coach at the school on the show.
According to US Magazine, Lopez and Diamond had remained close over the years.
“I’m happy to say and I feel good about always having stayed in touch with Dustin. He had some struggles and a complicated life, but we all do. I don’t abandon, like, my friends or never turn my back on people that are always there for me and I stood by him and was always a phone call away when he moved to Wisconsin and we stayed in touch and he met his girlfriend recently. We were actually discussing, when I talked to him recently, just two weeks prior to him passing, about the upcoming season and figuring out doing something cool. I was trying to convince him to do something in the reality space that I’d be producing for him …” Lopez said.
In the weeks leading up to his death, Diamond was incredibly optimistic of his physical health returning to normal.
Fans and friends continue to share memories and love for Dustin Diamond via social media.