I was shocked when I found out Dustin Diamond passed away from cancer. Honestly, I never even knew that he was sick. So seeing that email announcement that he had passed, I was like "WHAT!?!" and I am pretty sure I was not alone.
He was best known for his role as Screech Powers in "Saved by The Bell" and he was only 44 years old. You already know my love of "Saved by The Bell", revived once more by the new series on Peacock, but I thought this article was needed to pay tribute to Dustin/Screech.
Screech was the one I know a lot of kids identified with most. Well, at least I know I did. No matter what happened in his real life, his on-screen persona spoke to the kid in me that never quite fit in. I was never the pretty cheerleader or the smart girl at school. I definitely wasn't suave like Zack, or great at sports like AC. Screech though-- that nerdy, not-so-sure of himself kid. I recognized myself in him because school made me feel the same way.
As I said, Dustin wasn’t perfect. After "Saved by The Bell" he kind of went off the deep end, but in the end, he was trying to turn it around and now we will never get to see him do it. He, for me and I am sure many others, was the only choice to play Screech, so I’m glad in the revival that they didn’t think about replacing him. No one could have done it like Dustin.
Dustin, my man, in conclusion, I just want to say this, you will definitely be missed.
Rest in Peace.
Jennifer Rhodes Cleere met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!