Many people felt like they grew up with Dustin Diamond, watching his portrayal of Screech on Saved by the Bell. He was also very much appreciated by other funny people in the entertainment industry, who shared their condolences. Talk show host Wendy Williams tweeted, “Our hearts go out to the family, friends and fans of actor #DustinDiamond who passed away today at the age of 44 after a short battle with cancer.” Comedian and The Real co-host Loni Love eloquently stated, “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.”
Marlon Wayans shared, “Damn… rest well Dustin. Thanks for Screech. You made many kids that’s now adults laugh. Will never forget the celebrity boxing. And I’m still trying to forget that sex tape. you lived man. Quite entertaining. Gone too f***ing soon.” Diamond’s friend, and New Found Glory drummer, Cyrus Bolooki tweeted, “RIP #Screech @dustindiamond I will miss your random texts/videos of the most hilarious jokes and your absolute love for all things music. Sad that we never got to jam together. Hope you get to keep playing music up in Heaven.”
Diamond has made so many people laugh, even people he had never met. And, thanks to Saved by the Bell re-runs, that legacy of laughter will continue forever.