The 44-year-old actor passed away on February 1 after first being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last month, TMZ reported.
Diamond, who was best known for his role as Screech Powers on the 1980s/’90s teen sitcom, received tributes from his fans and celebrity friends following his death.
Diamond’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ Costars Reacted to His Death on Social Media
Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on… pic.twitter.com/BnxY9XgN5g
— Mario Lopez (@mariolopezviva) February 1, 2021
Shortly after Diamond’s death was announced, his costar Mario Lopez reacted on Twitter. Lopez shared a photo of the two and said Diamond would be “missed.”
He also spoke about his former costar on Access Hollywood, where he said Diamond was like a “little brother’ To him.
On Twitter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar also paid tribute to Diamond.
“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius,” the actor, who played Zack Morris, wrote. “My sincere condolences to his family and friends. 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.”
Gosselaar also opened about Diamond’s death to talk show host Tamron Hall. He said Diamond’s recent cancer diagnosis and death so quickly after was “shocking.”
“Myself and the rest of the cast, we will get together at some point and sort of express our feelings, but yeah, it happened so quickly that we’re all just pretty shocked about it,” Gosselaar said, per Page Six.
Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski on the NBC sitcom, shared a photo of Diamond on Instagram and wrote, “I am deeply saddened by the news of my old co-star [Dustin Diamond’s] passing. Life is extremely fragile and it’s something we should never take for granted. God speed Dustin.”
Elizabeth Berkley, who played Jessie Spano on the series, also shared a throwback pic of Diamond dressed as his character, Screech.
“I’m grateful to have gotten to create with Dustin when we were at the beginning of our dreams coming true,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “I will hold onto those sweet memories and the laughs we shared. Rest In Peace.”
And Lark Voorhies, who played Lisa Turtle on the show, shared a throwback of her with Dustin to her Instagram page.
‘Words cannot express the grief that I am feeling right now,” she wrote. “Dustin and I had a warm and special friendship, he was a caring gentleman, and my memories of him will always be cherished. I am so very sorry he is gone. But it’s exceptionally sad for his close loved ones who have to deal with his tragic death and their own great loss. My heart goes out to them at this trying time.”
Other Celebrity Friends Reacted to Diamond’s Passing as They Recalled Working With Him on TV Projects
Tori Spelling shared a photo of one of her first acting roles, a guest role on Saved by the Bell playing Screech’s girlfriend, Violet. Spelling revealed that Diamond was her first on-screen kiss and that he was “such a gentleman.” She also wrote that her former co-star is an “icon” to her both professionally and personally.
In a touching tribute, fellow former child star Erin Murphy, who played Tabitha Stephens on the 1960s comedy Bewitched, recalled working with Diamond on Hulk Hogan Celebrity Wrestling. She described him as her “best friend” on the 2008 CMT reality show.
“Dustin Diamond was my best friend when we filmed Hulk Hogan Celebrity Wrestling,” Murphy tweeted. “Our friendship surprised everyone on set. I found him smart, funny, and totally professional. Wrestling was scary, but he made sure everyone was safe. I’m devastated and heartbroken. RIP, my friend.”
In addition, Patridge Family star Danny Bonaduce revealed that he worked with Diamond many times over the years, including on Hulk Hogan Celebrity Wrestling.
“Dustin Diamond I and crossed paths many times,” Bonaduce wrote on Twitter. “ The last time I worked with him was on Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Wrestling. He gave it his all and knew more about wrestling than any of us. 44 is far too young. #RIPDustinDiamond.”
And Courtney Stodden recalled co-starring with Diamond on Celebrity Big Brother. The media personality shared a photo of teh actor comforting her when they were on the UK reality competition.
“Oh lord. “RIP Dustin,” Stodden tweeted. “I’m shocked. I remember all of the times we were there for each other on set of #CBB like captured in this photo. You were talking me out of feeling sorry for myself. You were a sensitive yet strong soul. I’m so sorry #dustindiamond.”