Saved By The Bell’s “Screech” Dies And Our ’90s Hearts Will Never Be The Same

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Dustin Diamond has died and our collective 1990s hearts are broken. Forever known as “Screech” by every 90s kid ever, the actor lost his battle with cancer early this morning. He was 44 years old.

A representative confirmed his death to TMZ. The entertainment site reported:

Diamond was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma (commonly referred to as lung cancer) near the beginning of January.

He was hospitalized in Florida after feeling “pain all over his body,” and started chemotherapy a couple of weeks ago.

In a statement provided to the press, the actor’s agent, Roger Paul, revealed:

“He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. 

While Diamond appeared in a number of different television shows including a slew of celebrity reality shows and an infamous 2006 sex tape entitled “Screeched – Saved by the Smell,” he was most famous for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers in 1990s “Saved By The Bell.”

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He may not have had his poster slathered over every tween and teenage girl’s bedroom (hellooooo Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) however his goofy loveable character was an audience favorite.

Known for being the resident “dork” and Zack Morris’s ever-faithful sidekick, he brought on the laughs with his crazy antics and hair-brained schemes week-after-week throughout the show’s entirety.

While he might not have won over his mega-crush, Lisa Turtle (played by Lark Voorhies), I think it’s safe to say he definitely won over the rest of us.

Saved By The Bell originally premiered on August 20, 1989, and ended on May 22, 1993. It may not have been the longest standing teen show, yet it still managed to become a pop culture hit. And Diamond was there for all of it.

He also went on to appear in the sequel “The College Years,” and as Principal Belding’s assistant in the “New Class.”

While there are rumors that he had fallen out with his Saved By The Bell co-stars amidst his non-reprisal of his character in the reboot, fellow castmate Mario Lopez posted a tribute to Instagram with the following words:

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…

In addition, Mark-Paul Gosselaar posted this to Twitter:

Tiffani Thiessen also said farewell to her former co-star.

Regardless of the difficulties Diamond may have experienced and the controversies he may have been embroiled in in recent years, fans are taking to social media to grieve the loss and pay their respects.

For all of us who grew up with him, there is no doubt that he IS an unforgettable piece of our childhoods. 

And let’s face it, out of all of the characters, most of us were Screech.

And while he may have had “geek” status, he definitely brought his A-game when it came to fashion.

He also just so happened to have the best one-liners. Ones like:

“Who’re you calling a cantaloupe, you melon head?”

“Wow, my first Hollywood party. I wonder if the Simpsons are gonna be there?”

“Wow. A building with two Beldings, one of whom is balding.”

“When morning comes, I raise my head, shut off the alarm and get out of bed, I brush my teeth like mother said, and I always feed my spider, Ted.”

And taught us some valuable lessons. Important things, like the order of the planets…

 

He was, arguably, one of the most iconic characters of a generation. 

And I don’t know of any other actor that could have played him as well as Dustin Diamond did. 

Same Ames, same. RIP Screech. You will be a part of our 1990s hearts forever.

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