Fans of “Saved by the Bell” are paying homage to Dustin Diamond after he lost a battle to lung cancer on Monday (Feb. 1).
Diamond played the role of Screech on the 90s sitcom — a character whose jokes and comedic behavior not only helped him become a fan favorite, but is what most viewers will most remember in his absence.
“I still remember getting up and watching saved by the bell every morning before school and thinking, man that screech is hilarious and lucky to have that group of friends,” one Twitter user wrote. “It’s a sad, sad say in Bayside High today. #RIP Dustin aka ‘Screech’ Diamond.”
“Nah... Not Screech. Not Dustin Diamond,” another user tweeted. “Too many memories. He was legit one of the top funniest members on Saved by the Bell. RIP Screech (44). So sad.”
One fan recalled a particular episode in his tribute, writing, “Rest in peace, #DustinDiamond I think we will remember him by watching the episode where Screech gets hit by lightning and can tell the future.”
Another crowned Screech one of the best nerds in television history. “RIP Screech. Every generation gets an era-defining nerd,” he wrote. “For the 90s, no one did it weirder.”
As REVOLT reported, Diamond passed away only three weeks after he was diagnosed with a “brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer,” per his publicisit Roger Paul. “In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful.”
Mario Lopez — who played A.C. Slater on “Saved by the Bell” — reacted to the news with a heartfelt tribute. “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...,” he tweeted. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris) and Tiffani Theissen (Kelly Kapowski) also wrote loving messages to their former castmate.
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
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius. 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.— Mark-Paul Gosselaar (@MPG) February 1, 2021
I am deeply saddened by I the news of my old co-star @realdustindiamond passing. Life is extremely fragile and it’s something we should never take for granted. God speed Dustin. https://t.co/r3NVsWK2K4— Tiffani Thiessen (@TiffaniThiessen) February 1, 2021
I still remember getting up and watching saved by the bell every morning before school and thinking, man that screech is hilarious and lucky to have that group of friends. It’s a sad, sad say in Bayside High today. #RIP Dustin aka ‘Screech’ Diamond.— Michael Stam (@Michael_Stam) February 1, 2021
Saved by the bell was one of my favorite tv shows R.I.P. Screech— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) February 1, 2021
RIP Screech. Every generation gets an era-defining nerd. For the 90s, no one did it weirder.— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) February 1, 2021
Everyone my age grew up watching Dustin Diamond in 'Saved by the Bell’. Screech was hilarious! I’m sorry to hear about his passing today. Dustin will always be a TV icon because ‘Saved by the Bell’ will live on and on. Rest well. pic.twitter.com/CXUxgQaOUZ— Eric West (@EricXWest) February 1, 2021
Nah... Not Screech. Not Dustin Diamond. Too many memories. He was legit one of the top funniest members on Saved by the Bell. RIP Screech (44). So sad. pic.twitter.com/f43N97CmeF— Jermaine (@JermaineWatkins) February 1, 2021
Everyone has had a friend like Screech...Rest In Peace, and thank you for the laughs. pic.twitter.com/eN6GHOSGen— Blame The Label (@blamethelabel) February 1, 2021
FUCK CANCER!! DUSTIN DIAMOND (SCREECH FROM SAVED BY THE BELL) PASSED AWAY TODAY & WAS JUST DIAGNOSED WITH CARCINOMA 3 WEEKS AGO! HE WAS JUST 44. 3 WEEKS! CHERISH YOUR LIFE CUZ YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU WON'T HAVE ONE TO CHERISH! #RIPScreech— April G. (@AprilG_Showers) February 1, 2021
Dustin Diamond played Samual Screech Powers a character who lighted up the screen when he was on and made his fans laugh and smile. He was a fantastic actor and person, I never met him but to me Dustin, will always be a fantastic person. #RIPDustinDiamond and #RIPScreech pic.twitter.com/e8aBRR7Dsk— ♥ ♥ (@princesaGrace23) February 1, 2021
Sad day for '90s kids. I raise my glass to all those that were like "Screech", but wanted to be like "Zack" & to all of the "Zacks" that befriended a "Screech". RIP #DustinDiamond. May his funky pants be finally retired in @smithsonian. #SavedByTheBell https://t.co/6F1Saf9725— Nicholas Oliver, MPA, CAE (@NichOliver401) February 1, 2021