FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Dustin Diamond, one of the most popular cast members on 90s youth sitcom Saved by the Bell, has died of cancer aged 44. Some of these obits are designed just to make me feel old. Diamond played geek Screech in the series, and all the various spinoffs. While suffering the traditional post-child star career demons, he published a tell all biography in which he revealed everyone he knew (including himself) was a sex pest maniac. This was later claimed (by Diamond and former co-stars) to be “even more fictional than Chyna’s autobiography”. He appeared in reality TV and pro-wrestling (there’s a difference) and spent time in jail for a pub stabbing. And then in recent weeks he was in the news again in mid-January…for end stage cancer. Poor sod. He was a unique pick for Kardashians Gone Wild, who presumably can’t believe their own luck. And his lack of.
7 January 1977 – 1 February 2021