Mario Lopez has led tributes to his late Saved By The Bell co-star Dustin Diamond after the actor’s death on Monday morning.
The star – who famously played Screech on the hit show – had recently been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
His rep then confirmed the actor had died with his girlfriend and father by his side on Monday
Co-stars, celebrities and fans alike flocked to social media to share their sadness about the news.
Mario tweeted: ‘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…’
TV personality Loni Love wrote: ‘Dustin Diamond you really were a diamond who gave the world one of the most lovable tv characters .. thank you for making my childhood a little more funnier.. rest now. Condolences to his family.’
In a statement, Dustin’s rep confirmed the news of his death: ‘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.’
Dustin played the character of Screech onscreen for 13 years, but was noticeably absent from the Saved By The Bell reboot that aired last year.