Former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond sadly passed on Monday, February 1st from stage 4 lung cancer. He was 44 and passed just three weeks after his diagnosis.
Fans will fondly remember Diamond for his role as Screech on the beloved ’90s sitcom Saved By The Bell. Following Diamond’s passing, his former Saved by the Bell co-stars took to social media to honor him.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who plays Saved by the Bell‘s Zack Morris, wrote on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened” by Diamond’s death, adding that the actor was “a true comedic genius.”
“My sincere condolences to his family and friends,” he continued. “Looking back at our time working together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade.”
Tiffani Thiessen, who starred as Kelly Kapowski on the show, shared a photo of Diamond on Instagram. “I am deeply saddened by the news of my old co-star @realdustindiamond passing,” she wrote. “Life is extremely fragile and it’s something we should never take for granted. God speed Dustin.”
Mario Lopez, who played A.C. Slater on the show, shared a photo of himself and Diamond on Instagram. In the caption, he wrote, “The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on.”
Elizabeth Berkley, who played Jessie Spano on Saved by the Bell, shared that she’s “grateful to have gotten to create with Dustin when we were at the beginning of our dreams coming true.”