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February 08, 2021

'Saved by the Bell's Mark-Paul Gosselaar Says Cast Is Shocked by News of Co-star Dustin Diamond's Death

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"Saved by the Bell" Mark-Paul Gosselaar shared that the cast was shocked by the news of their costar, Dustin Diamond's death. 

Mark-Paul Gosselaar shared on "The Tamron Hall Show" that he and the rest of the "Saved by the Bell" cast were shocked by the news of Dustin Diamond's death on February 1, 2021. 

Hall had asked Gosselaar while he was on her show how he was feeling about his costar's death. Dustin had been 44 years old at the time of his death on Monday. 

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Gosselaar shared that the cast had only found about his diagnosis a few weeks earlier, so when he passed away so quickly, it had been very shocking for them all.

Gosselaar went on to say that when someone dies, it is always sad. However, because he knew Diamond and Diamond had been so sad, it made his passing even sadder. Gosselaar said to Hall: 

"Well, it's always tough when someone passes away. I think it's even more so when the individual is someone you know and the age of Dustin."

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Gosselaar had played Zack Morris on "Saved by the Bell," while Diamond had played his best friend, Samuel "Screech" Powers on the 90s sitcom. 

Gosselaar shared that he and Diamond's other costars hope to get together soon to express their feeling about Diamond's death. 

Tori Spelling, who played his love interest on the show, shared her own heartfelt tribute to him.

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Their other costars from the show include Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen, Lark Voorhies, and Elizabeth Berkley. They all shared their own tributes for their late costar.

Mario Lopez shared a post to his Instagram, which included photos of himself and Diamond. He shared that he hopes to honor Diamond and his character in the next season of Peacock's reboot of the show:

"Now I'm really going to push for some sort of tribute. I would love a whole episode dedicated to some of his most iconic moments or something like that."

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Diamond had been upset that he was not included in the show's reboot and asked executive producers if he could make an appearance in the show's 2nd season. 

Along with Diamond's other costars, Tori Spelling, who played his love interest on the show, shared her own heartfelt tribute to him. She had played his girlfriend, Violet Anne Bickerstaff.  

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The "90210" star shared a black and white throwback photo of their characters and wrote that her first on-screen love had got his angel wings. She signed off her message with "RIP Samuel love, your Violet. ❤️"

Diamond had been diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma in January and started chemotherapy shortly after the diagnosis. Unfortunately, the cancer was too aggressive, and he passed away. 

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