Saved By The Bell reboot pays heart-breaking tribute to Screech Powers actor Dustin Diamond
SCREECH Powers actor Dustin Diamond was paid an emotional tribute on the show that made him famous after losing his life at only 44 years old.
The Saved by the Bell star, who died in January from stage four lung cancer, was remembered on the latest episode of the rebooted series.
The actor rose to fame on the iconic 90s teen dramedy which was given a rebooted series last year.
It was so successful that the second season just dropped on streaming service Peacock and producers made sure to give a powerful nod to one of its most famous stars.
Including a surprise cameo from Screech's beloved robot, Kevin, the season two opener featured original characters Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and AC Slater (Mario Lopez).
They paid tribute to Screech but did not mention how he died.
"[The] worst things happened this year," Zack said to AC in the episode.
The men are then joined at their school hangout The Max with their orignal gan, Jessie (Elizabeth Berkley), Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen) and Lisa (Lark Voorhies).
Max revealed to them the special new item added to the menu – the Screech Spaghetti Burger.
Robot Kevin served the gang their burgers and the episode then cut to a montage of some of their best moments with Screech.
Saved By The Bell executive producer Tracey Wigfield explained the original cast wanted to pay tribute to their friend.
"It would have been wrong to not acknowledge that in a real way and to not have our OG characters mourning this character that we’ll never get to see again," she told Variety.
That, I wanted to put on the screen, but I just wanted to make sure we were being as sensitive as possible."
Dustin was first hospitalized in January and diagnosed with stage four small cell carcinoma, despite claiming he never smoked cigarettes.
The Sun revealed his cancer was terminal just hours before he passed away.
He had told friends he wanted to be cremated and laid to rest without a gravestone after he died, as he was afraid of people vandalising it and wanted to be "left in peace."
His pal Dan Block, who met Dustin after hiring him to do commercials for his firm Insurance King, previously said the actor was subject to constant public ridicule both in person and online – and he believed the bullying had prevented him from getting treatment earlier.
He said he had a "huge lump" on his neck for some time – but tragically put off going to the hospital in case people took photos and posted them online.
But Dan claimed they tried to surround Dustin with positivity in his last days.
"He stayed away from any negative stuff in his last days," Dan added.
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