On Monday, it was announced Dustin Diamond—who had played Samuel "Screech" Powers on the hit NBC sitcom Saved By The Bell—passed away at the age of 44.
He was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of lung cancer only a few weeks earlier. Lark Voorhees who played Lisa Turtle on the show wished him well when news of his cancer diagnosis broke.
After his passing, tributes flowed in from Diamond's former co-stars.
Elizabeth Berkley—who reprised her role as Jesse Spano in the show's reboot on Peacock—paid tribute to Diamond.
Her reboot co-star, Mario Lopez who played AC Slater, had this to say:
Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers… https://t.co/ddL9kOwe7A— Mario Lopez (@Mario Lopez)1612207402.0
Tiffani Thiessen, who played Kelly Kapowski, had this message:
And Zack Morris himself, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, talked about Diamond's 'comedic genius'.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius. My sincere condolences to his fami… https://t.co/fpHoNNOGB7— Mark-Paul Gosselaar (@Mark-Paul Gosselaar)1612209119.0
Tori Spelling—who played Diamond's character's girlfriend Violet—shared that fact on her Instagram.
Of course, friends and fans alike shared their feelings.
@MPG God I’m super sad about this. Rip our friend 😱😭— NeonNinja (@NeonNinja)1612209162.0
@MPG So sad to hear this news— Terry O'Neill-Kearton (@Terry O'Neill-Kearton)1612209172.0
@mariolopezviva 💔😢— Farnaz (@Farnaz)1612207460.0
@mariolopezviva The original TV nerd :( so sad. Look at all the shows after him - they all have a similar character. Set the bar!— Tony A (@Tony A)1612207488.0
@mariolopezviva I used to love watching you all on a Saturday morning when i was a kid RIP Dustin. Sad news 😔— Lee Adams (@Lee Adams)1612207558.0
RIP Dustin Diamond.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.