Dustin Diamond's former castmates are speaking out after his death. The Saved by the Bell actor, who starred as Screech on the '90s sitcom, died at age 44 on Monday, three weeks after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, a member of his team confirmed to ET. TMZwas the first to report the news.
On Twitter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, wrote that he was "deeply saddened" by Diamond's death, adding that the late actor was "a true comedic genius."
"My sincere condolences to his family and friends," he wrote. "Looking back at our time working together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade."
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Looking back at our time working together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade.
"Dustin, you will be missed my man," Mario Lopez, who played A.C. Slater on the show, wrote on Instagram alongside photos of himself with Diamond. "The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on."
In a statement to ET, Diamond's team remembered him as "a character in and of himself: an unpredictable spitfire who always left us shocked, but never left us bored."
"We are thankful he trusted us enough to share his genuine, authentic self with our team. We wish you knew him in the way that we did," the statement read in part. "We please ask that you give room for privacy to our team and Mr. Diamond’s family during this tragic time, as we grieve and remember the memories spent together. This loss is as much stinging as it is sudden."