Dustin Diamond passed on Monday morning at age 44, yet the Saved by the Bell entertainer was in good company during his last minutes.
Precious stone’s better half of one year, Tash Jules, was close by when he passed on, the entertainer’s long-term director Roger Paul tells PEOPLE.
Paul says that Diamond had been “feeling unwell and he’d had a knot on his neck that he was disregarding” before he was determined to have stage 4 little cell carcinoma, a malignancy that ordinarily happens in lungs, yet can likewise show in the prostate or gastrointestinal lot.
“He feared the public consideration in the event that he went into the medical clinic. Be that as it may, at last, his sweetheart took him and the specialists affirmed it was disease,” Paul says.
Paul adds that Diamond, who was most popular for playing Samuel “Shriek” Powers on the first Saved by the Bell, made an honest effort to stay positive while going through treatment.
“Obviously he was terrified, however he attempted to discover the humor in it. He did chemo — he took a stab at all that could be within reach. However, it didn’t work,” the supervisor says. “Dustin attempted to be similarly sure as he could all through everything — that is what his identity was — yet he was terrified.”
“He would not like to bite the dust,” Paul adds.
Jewel was determined to have the “merciless, steady type of threatening malignant growth just three weeks back,” his rep disclosed to PEOPLE before on Monday.
“In that time, it figured out how to spread quickly all through his framework; the solitary leniency it displayed was its sharp and quick execution,” his rep said. “Dustin didn’t endure. He didn’t need to lie lowered in torment. For that, we are appreciative.”
Jewel’s rep affirmed the entertainer’s disease conclusion to PEOPLE on Jan 14. The entertainer began chemotherapy seven days after the fact.
A few of Diamond’s Saved by the Bell costars wished him well via online media after the information on his malignancy analysis broke, and after his passing Monday shared recognitions for the entertainer.
“Dustin, you will be remembered fondly my man. The delicacy of this life is something never to be underestimated. Supplications for your family will proceed on…” composed Mario Lopez on Instagram.
Jewel was one of the six center cast individuals from the darling teenager sitcom, which ran for four seasons from 1989 to 1993 on NBC. In contrast to the others, he didn’t repeat his part for the Peacock reboot of the arrangement, which appeared its first season in November 2020.
Dustin Diamond passed on Monday at age 44, three weeks after he was determined to have disease
Fans and VIPs the same are honoring Dustin Diamond, who passed on Monday, three weeks after he was determined to have disease. He was 44.
Precious stone’s previous Saved by the Bell costar Mario Lopez was among the first to respond to the news. “Dustin, you will be remembered fondly my man. The delicacy of this life is something never to be underestimated. Supplications for your family will progress forward… ,” Lopez, 47, subtitled a photograph o the two on Instagram.
Individual Saved by the Bell stars Tiffani Thiessen, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhies and Elizabeth Berkley have additionally stood up.
“I’m profoundly disheartened by the information on my old co-star @realdustindiamond passing. Life is very delicate and it’s something we ought to never underestimate. God speed Dustin,” Thiessen, 47, composed on Instagram.
In an explanation to PEOPLE, Gosselaar, 46, said: “I’m profoundly disheartened to know about the death of Dustin Diamond, a genuine comedic virtuoso. My true sympathies to his loved ones. Glancing back at our time cooperating, I will miss those crude, splendid flashes that solitary he had the option to deliver. A pie in your face, my companion.”
Voorhies, 46, told PEOPLE “words can’t encounter the despondency that I am feeling at this moment.”
“Dustin and I had a warm and exceptional fellowship, he was a mindful man of honor, and my recollections of him will consistently be loved,” she proceeded. “I’m so sorry he is no more. Be that as it may, it’s incredibly dismal for his nearby friends and family who have do manage his awful passing and their own extraordinary misfortune. My heart goes out to them at this difficult time.”
Berkley, 48, composed on Instagram: “I’m appreciative to have been able to make with Dustin when we were toward the start we had always wanted materializing. I will clutch those sweet recollections and the snickers we shared. Find happiness in the hereafter.”
Peter Engel, maker of the first Saved by the Bell, told PEOPLE: “I was with him for a very long time, since he was 11 years of age. I had no clue he was that youthful when I employed him! Dustin was a satire virtuoso. The kid was splendid. I’ve been known for not allowing anybody to change my words as an essayist and he would come up and say let me attempt it along these lines and the vast majority of times I would wind up doing it as he would prefer. At the point when we were shooting the wedding in Las Vegas film, I would demolish a scene by chuckling so hard.”
“I cherished him, and he will everlastingly be Screech to me,” Engel added. “That character will live on until the end of time.”
Tori Spelling, who played sweetheart Violet Anne Bickerstaff to Dustin’s Screech on Saved by the Bell, shared a long articulation recollect their time together on Instagram.