WWE legend Hulk Hogan has paid an emotional tribute to Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond after his tragic death aged 44.
The actor – who played Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers in the beloved sitcom – sadly died on Monday after a short battle with cancer, and he had worked with the Hulkster on his Celebrity Championship Wrestling series in 2008.
Hogan tweeted: ‘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 (sic)’
The iconic wrestler – whose real name is Terry Bollea – also shared some some pictures of the late star during his time on the show, which featured the likes of Frank Stallone, Danny Bonaduce and eventual winner Dennis Rodman.
He added: ‘Dustin was the brightest light, I would always love to hear his take on wrestling psychology! HH’
Diamond – who finished fourth in the competition – actually had a fair amount of history in the business, having appeared for IMPACT Wrestling (formerly known as TNA) during its early years.
The company tweeted: ‘We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dustin Diamond, who once appeared in TNA during the Asylum Years. We offer our condolences to his friends and family.’
He appeared for Memphis Championship Wrestling back in 2000, and was involved in a storyline with former WWE star The Kat – whose real name is Stacy Carter – while also working for Chicago’s AAW, New York City’s FTW and independent shows in the Toronto area.
His final wrestling appearance was at a WOH Wrestling event back in 2014.
In a statement, Diamond’s rep said: ‘We are saddened to confirm Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma.
‘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.
‘Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful.’
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