The tragic news was revealed this week that Dustin Diamond has passed away aged forty-four. Now, a heartbreaking final request from the actor has been shared...
The news comes shortly after it was announced that Diamond had passed away...
Screech was one of the most iconic TV characters of the 1990s. Sad that Dustin died so soon.— Frank Ojeda (@UCLADodgerFrank) February 1, 2021
And quickly, tributes came pouring in for the star...
R.I.P i grew up on save by the bell 😞— Orlando Garcia (@Orlando90605533) February 1, 2021
oh that's fucking terrible— Adam Robert Best (@AdamRobertBest) February 1, 2021
RIP. Be thankful each day you're above ground. It could all come to a screeching halt.— Local Hero (@HofSpillane) February 1, 2021
May he Rest In Peace, so young !!! pic.twitter.com/5mrFmalSVb— Karol Rod.😊😘 (@KarolRod2) February 1, 2021
Born in 1977, Dustin Diamond was a comedian, director, and actor.
But there's one role he's undeniably best known for...
Saved by the Bell first hit screens in 1989.
The teen comedy, which celebrated its thirtieth birthday last month, was set in the fictional Californian Bayside High and saw us introduced to Zack Morris and his high-schooler group that included A.C. Slater, Jessie Spano, Kelly Kapowski, “Screech" Powers, and Lisa Turtle.
The show was a huge hit...
And chronicled the friends as they navigated all things life-related, from relationships and finals to school dances and breakups, all while, more often than not, managing to ruffle the feathers their principal, Mr. Richard Belding, who does his best to keep the gang in check.
It definitely had one of the catchiest theme tunes...
As well as making for great viewing, there's no denying how good that theme tune was.
But, after 4 seasons, we waved the friends goodbye.
The show wrapped up in 1993, although it came to a complete end with Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, a 2-hour movie where it finally happens...Kelly and Zack get hitched.
Unsurprisingly, the show made a return to screens in 2 spinoffs.
Any show with such profound success is bound to be rinsed for all it's worth and Saved by the Bell was no exception to this.
The first spinoff named Saved By the Bell: The College Years lasted for just 1 season from 1993 to 1994, and then a second, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, which ran from 1993 to 2000.
There were many beloved characters on the show.
But the fan favorite was undeniably Screech.
The goofy sidekick was totally hilarious.
And was played to perfection by Dustin Diamond.
But this week, fans of Diamond received some devastating news...
After a recent hospitalization, the actor passed away.
A rep for Dustin told TMZ he died Monday morning.
SCREECH DUSTIN DIAMOND BUBBA YOU MAKE THE PEOPLE LAUGH AND HAPPY. RIP BROTHER pic.twitter.com/nOMJS9lTYE— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) February 1, 2021
He was reportedly initially hospitalized in Florida in January after feeling pain all over his body and a general sense of feeling unwell.
Tragically, he was later diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Dustin's death comes just a couple weeks after completing his first round of chemo after he was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma - most commonly known as lung cancer.
Upon hearing the news, his co-stars paid tribute to the late actor.
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
His former co-stars Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, and Tori Spelling posted their heartfelt words on Twitter.
But as the grieving process starts for a lot of the people around him, his fans have been analyzing his social media for clues.
And eyes landed on his last post on Instagram which revealed some heartbreaking things...
First of all, people have pointed out how happy he looks...
Even though it is unclear when the photo was actually taken, it was posted on December 27th, just days before his cancer diagnosis. The snap shows him with a friend, both of them pulling funny faces together.
Then fans moved onto his finger, in which he had a wedding band on.
This is particularly upsetting as since the photo was posted, he had been divorced, according to reports.
And finally, the most heartbreaking element to the photo would have to be the comments.
A few weeks ago, when fans started hearing the news of his cancer diagnosis, they rushed to his post to leave well wishes, a lot of them leaving prayers for the star.
But sadly, he lost his battle with the disease...
Here's his heartbreaking last post.
And now a close friend of Diamond's has shared the star's heartbreaking last request.
"He wants to be cremated, he did not want to have a gravestone and he did not want to have a big funeral so it's just going to be a memorial with a few family and friends," Dan Block told The Sun.
"He said he didn't want to have a gravestone because he was worried people would mess with it just like they messed with him when he was alive."
"He just wants to be left in peace to leave the world."
"Think I might do a plaque because he filmed at one of my locations, so maybe I'll put something there, so that if somebody wanted to go and see something they could."
"But he was clear he didn't want a gravestone."
Heartbreaking. Rest in Peace, Dustin.