Following the news of Dustin Diamond‘s shocking death, his former “Saved By The Bell” co-stars flocked to social media to pay tribute. As The Blast reported, the beloved actor, who played Samuel “Screech” Powers on the hit show, passed away on Monday at the age of 44 following a short battle with cancer.
His unexpected death comes just weeks after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Dustin Diamond reportedly had just finished his first round of chemotherapy. Now, his “Saved By The Bell” co-stars are remembering his life.
Mario Lopez and Tiffani Amber Thiessen were among the first cast members to pay tribute to Dustin Diamond. Taking to his Instagram, the Access Hollywood host, who played the hunky jock AC Slater, shared several pictures with his fallen co-star throughout the years. Mario Lopez recently spoke to Dustin Diamond in an interview for his entertainment news program.
“Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted,” Mario Lopez captioned his throwbacks with Dustin. “Prayers for your family will continue on,” he added.
Fans immediately took to Mario Lopez’s heartfelt tribute to send their sympathies over the tragic loss. “his one hurts a lot,” one follower commented. “Nooo you guys were apart of my childhood. Watched the reruns every morning before school. He was so talent and will be missed ??????,” shared another.
Mario Lopez wasn’t the only one who showed his late “Save By The Bell” co-star love following his death. Tiffani Amber Thiessen, best known for her role as head cheerleader in charge Kelly Kapowski on the NBC show, posted her own tribute.
Posting a single recent shot of Dustin Diamond on a red carpet, Tiffani Amber Thiessen expressed her sadness over the news. “I am deeply saddened by the news of my old co-star @realdustindiamond passing,” she commented.
Adding that “life is extremely fragile,” she told her followers that “it’s something we should never take for granted.” Signing off, Tiffani Amber Thiessen directed her message to her ex co-star, writing, “God speed Dustin. ?” According to reports, Dustin Diamond’s father and girlfriend were by his side when she passed on.