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Tori Spelling Recalls First on-Screen Kiss with Dustin Diamond as She Pens a Heartfelt Tribute

Olowokandi Fiyin
Feb 02, 2021
08:15 A.M.
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Tori Spelling paid a heartfelt tribute to actor Dustin Diamond as she recalled her first onscreen kiss with the late actor. She lauded Diamond for being a gentleman to her back then and honored his memory.

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Tori Spelling joined many others to pay tribute to actor Dustin Diamond who recently passed away in a recent Instagram upload. Sharing a photo of her and Diamond holding hands on the set of “Saved By the Bell,” the actress wrote:

“My 1st onscreen love Dustin Diamond got his Angel wings today… Before there was David and Donna, there was Screech and Violet.”

Dustin Diamond visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 16, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

Dustin Diamond visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 16, 2016 | Photo: Getty Images

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Spelling revealed that the late actor was her first onscreen kiss and noted that the actor was pleasant. The “BH90210” star recalled that Dustin welcomed her onto the set and helped calm her nerves when she felt overwhelmed.

She wrote that he not only showed her around the set but made sure she was alright at all times, proving to be a true gentleman. She described the late star as “kind and smart,” noting that he never failed to make everyone laugh.

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She lauded him for being a great scene partner and a good guy before expressing her regret that she and Diamond didn’t remain close after the show. She mentioned that they occasionally ran into each other, but that was all.

The news of his diagnosis made headlines last month after he was rushed to the hospital.

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Spelling concluded, writing that she was glad that Dustin was out of pain. She declared that he was an icon to her both professionally and personally before signing the statement, “RIP Samuel love, your Violet.”

Dustin tragically died on Monday, February 1, after a brief battle with cancer. He was aged 44. A statement from his representatives revealed that he had been diagnosed with a severe form of malignant cancer 3 weeks before his demise.

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Despite the pain of losing him, his loved ones found comfort in that Diamond didn’t wallow in pain before his death. The statement then continued, listing all his impressive movie, television, and reality show credits.

Apart from his groundbreaking role as Samuel “Screech” Powers in the “Saved By the Bell” franchise, Dustin was known for appearances in “The Weakest Link,” “Celebrity Boxing 2,” “Celebrity Fit Club.”

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The representative concluded, addressing Diamond’s scandals and explaining that his wrongdoings were fueled by “a great deal of turmoil and heartache.” The news of his diagnosis made headlines last month after he was rushed to the hospital.

During his time on the NBC sitcom, Diamond was one of the few stars who

appeared in all 86 episodes

and all the spinoffs and movies. However, he was the only cast member excluded from the recent reboot. May his soul Rest in Peace.

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