Dustin Diamond was reigniting outdated passions within the years earlier than his loss of life.
“Music had been his largest ardour lately,” Paul says. “He performed the bass and was centered on that and on his meet and greets. The followers meant lots to him.”
“And he was so grateful to have made a distinction in individuals’s lives with that present and that character,” he provides, referring to Diamond’s iconic function of Screech in Saved by the Bell, which initially aired on NBC from 1989 by means of 1993.
Diamond beforehand confirmed his curiosity in music whereas a part of a steel band, Salty the Pocketknife, within the early 2000s. After the band put out their debut album in 2003, the star instructed Chaos Control that “music has at all times been there” for him.
“I have been concerned with music for about 22 years, I simply by no means pushed it,” he mentioned on the time. “I began studying classical guitar from my dad, and moved to electrical guitar. In 1994 I picked up the bass and by no means turned again. Music has at all times been there.”
Cyrus Bolooki, a drummer for the band New Discovered Glory, referenced Diamond’s love of music in a Twitter tribute following the information of his loss of life.
“RIP #Screech @dustindiamond I’ll miss your random texts/movies of essentially the most hilarious jokes and your absolute love for all issues music,” he wrote on Monday. “Unhappy that we by no means received to jam collectively. Hope you get to maintain enjoying music up in Heaven.”
RIP #Screech @dustindiamond I’ll miss your random texts/movies of essentially the most hilarious jokes and your absolute love for all issues music. Unhappy that we by no means received to jam collectively. Hope you get to maintain enjoying music up in Heaven.
— Cyrus Bolooki (@cyrusbolooki) February 1, 2021
Paul additionally tells PEOPLE that, within the years after Saved by the Bell went off the air, Diamond initially struggled to maneuver on from his character and the legacy of the present earlier than lastly studying to “embrace” it.
“He performed such an iconic character and he simply grew to become pigeonholed for that. He wished to play completely different sorts of characters however he could not break by means of. It was robust,” he says.
“He fought it, however then he realized to embrace his character. He realized how essential Screech was to so many children,” Paul continues. “And he helped so many children who had been bullied through the years, helped them use humor.”
Paul confirmed the actor’s cancer diagnosis to PEOPLE final month. Every week later, on Jan. 21, he mentioned Diamond had started chemotherapy for stage 4 small cell carcinoma, a most cancers that generally happens in lungs, however can even manifest within the prostate or gastrointestinal tract.
In a prolonged assertion asserting Diamond’s loss of life on Monday, Paul mentioned whereas the most cancers “unfold quickly all through his system,” he “didn’t undergo.”