Mario Lopez remembered his friend and one-time co-star of Saved By the Bell, Dustin Diamond, on Monday in Access Hollywood

Just hours after it became known that Diamond had died of Stage IV cancer, Lopez shared the news, then added an emotional tribute: “He’s been like a little brother to me. We’ve been in touch over the years , and I only spoke to him a few weeks ago after he received his diagnosis. Even then he was energetic and optimistic ”

Lopez continued, “Life is so fragile and not self-evident. Our prayers are with Dustin’s family and friends”

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Diamond died on Monday, just over a week after completing his first chemotherapy session after a stage IV lung diagnosis. He was first hospitalized by Jan over the weekend 9 with a large lump in his throat, he said rep Tests showed he had lung cancer and that he was metastatic

Diamond played Samuel “Screech” Powers, the nerdy sidekick of the handsome Zack Morris played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the original “Saved by the Bell,” which was a must-see on television in the early 90s. He repeated the role in two spin-offs, “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”, as two television films, however, his personal struggles at times alienated him from the rest of the cast, and Diamond was not invited to join them Reboot to join the Peacock streaming service which was recently ingested for a second season

They remember the good times amid the loss, however, Gosselaar called Diamond “a true comedic genius” and said he was going to miss “those raw, brilliant sparks that only he could produce a cake in your face, my comrade”

Deeply saddened by the death of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends As I look back on our time together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he could produce in A Cake your face, my comrade

Tiffani Thiessen, the series’ Kelly, was “deeply saddened by the news” adding, “Life is extremely fragile “

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Elizabeth Berkley, who plays Jessie, wrote that she was “grateful to have created with Dustin when we were at the beginning of our dreams come true”I’ll hold onto those sweet memories and laughs we shared. He was a really gifted talent”

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Kiersten Warren of SBTB: The College Years and SBTB: Wedding in Vegas wrote, “Being unique is much better than being perfect. There will never be a Dustin Diamond again”

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