In the days following his tragic death, Dustin Diamond's girlfriend has spoken out about his final words.
Here's the full story...
On February 1st, we woke to the heartwrenching news that actor Dustin Diamond had tragically passed away.
A statement made by his rep confirmed his passing, leaving fans devastated.
Tributes have since been pouring in for the star...
Screech was one of the most iconic TV characters of the 1990s. Sad that Dustin died so soon.— Frank Ojeda (@UCLADodgerFrank) February 1, 2021
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, actor, and director.
But there's one role he was undeniably best known for...
Saved by the Bell first hit screens in 1989.
The teen comedy, which celebrated its thirtieth birthday last year, 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.
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 rinsed for all its 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 Diamond.
But this week, fans of Diamond received some devastating news...
After a recent hospitalisation, 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 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 cancer.
Dustin's death comes just a couple of weeks after completing his first round of chemo after he was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma.
As per People, the star's rep said in a statement:
"We are saddened to confirm Dustin Diamond's passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma."
The statement continued:
"He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only 3 weeks ago. 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."
And now, just days on from his death...
His grieving girlfriend has spoken out about his final moments.
His girlfriend, known only as Tash, has revealed that he was "scared, in pain, and didn't want to die" in the final few days of his life.
She told the Daily Mail:
"Even though he was struggling to breathe and had difficulty speaking he was able to get out the words to me, 'I love you,' I told him I loved him back."
Rest in peace, Dustin.
Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this difficult time.