February 13, 2021
Mario Lopez remembers his late co-star Dustin Diamond and shared what he feels good about their relationship.
Mario Lopez remembered his "Saved by the Bell" costar, Dustin Diamond while reacting to his death on "Access Online." Lopez is a host on the show.
On the broadcast from February 1, Lopez reflected on the last conversation he had with Diamond, 2 weeks before he passed away from cancer.
During the episode, Lopez told viewers that Diamond had been like a "little brother" to him. They had both been young teenagers when filming the 90s TV show "Saved by the Bell."
Lopez shared that in their last conversation, Diamond had been so optimistic and happy. Unfortunately, shortly after their conversation, he passed away. Lopez shared with viewers:
"I spoke with him a couple of weeks ago, after he got his diagnosis, even then he was full of energy and was optimistic. Life is just so fragile."
Diamond had gone to hospital after experiencing a mystery illness. The doctors ran a few tests, and he was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma.
He underwent chemotherapy on January 21. However, he passed away suddenly a couple of weeks after receiving the diagnosis. His friends and fans were all shocked by the news.
Diamond's other "Saved by the Bell" co-stars shared their shock surrounding his death and diagnosis.
Lopez said that the two former co-stars had been in discussion about a possible reunion for Diamond's character Samuel "Screech" Powers on the Peacock reboot version of the show.
He had admitted to trying to persuade Diamond to do something in the reality TV business, which he would have produced. Unfortunately, nothing is possible now, Lopez explained:
"Unfortunately that won't come to fruition now, but he was in good spirits at least. He was pretty positive and optimistic last I spoke to him."
Lopez shared a tribute for the late Diamond on his Instagram page, which featured recent photos of the two together and a message about life's fragility.
Diamond's other "Saved by the Bell" co-stars shared their shock surrounding his death and diagnosis. Tiffani Thiessen and Tori Spelling both shared their own tributes for him.
Diamond's close friend, Dan Block, shared to TMZ that Diamond would be cremated and his ashes shared between his girlfriend, Tash Jules, and his dad.