In mid-January, Dustin Diamond was hospitalized after feeling severe pain all over his body. He was then diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and completed his first round of chemo only a few weeks ago. However, on Monday, Feb. 1, Diamond passed away at the age of 44. A rep for the late actor told TMZ that his condition greatly declined over the past week and he was taken off of breathing machines in an attempt to get him to hospice care.
Since the news of his passing, many friends, family and loved ones have paid their respects to Diamond. Now, his close friend Dan Block has revealed the two things Diamond wanted to do before he died.
As it turns out, Diamond was a massive Tool fan and aspired to start a Tool tribute band. In fact, he was in the process of forming the musical project before he learned about his cancer.
“Dustin was learning to play several Tool songs and wanted to start a Tool tribute band,” Block continues. “He was in the process of starting the band before being diagnosed with cancer. He would play the song and play along with his bass while watching YouTube videos.”
Although the interview was published on Feb. 1, it took place before Diamond’s passing. At the time, Block told The Sun that Diamond was given “weeks to 5 months” to live.
“We are hoping that he is one of the people to outlive the odds and that we get as much time with him as possible.”
Diamond was best known for his role as Screech on the teenage sitcom Saved By The Bell. Following his death, his Saved By The Bell co-stars – Mario Lopez, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley – shared touching tributes online.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Looking back at our time working together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade.
— Mark-Paul Gosselaar (@MPG) February 1, 2021
Fellow actors, fans and loved ones have also paid their respects to Diamond over the past 24 hours. Tori Spelling penned an emotional Instagram post where she calls Diamond her “first on screen love.”
I know I still have it somewhere too
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) February 1, 2021
Rest In Peace Dustin Diamond. We’ll always keep a chair for you at The Max. pic.twitter.com/pq5xpxn8o9
— Hulu (@hulu) February 1, 2021
Even as a kid, he was charming as well as talented. I remember he had a very gentle spirit. He was very funny and loved to make people laugh.
I followed his subsequent career and was happy to see him find such great success on “Saved by the Bell.”
— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) February 2, 2021
The first TV show I ever did was Saved By The Bell: The New Class. I was star struck to be working with Dustin Diamond and he couldn’t have been nicer to me even giving me advice when it was clear I was nervous. Thank you, Dustin, for the kindness and the tips. #RIPDustinDiamond
— Danny Strong (@Dannystrong) February 1, 2021
So sad to hear about the passing of Dustin Diamond,he was a total pro on Celebrity Championship Wrestling and always have his heart to perform his best,loved it when he came to Clearwater to see me and Knobbs. God Speed my friend R.I.P. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) February 1, 2021
Dustin Diamond’s character of Screech on ‘Saved By The Bell’, was truly one for the ages. How much of a big deal was that show and character back in the day? My dog was named #Screech… true story. pic.twitter.com/0d0o0DNNYF
— Cody Sigel Combs (@CodyCombsNEWS) February 2, 2021
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