Dustin Diamond tragically died on Monday from stage 4 lung cancer and as fans around the globe mourn the loss, we’re learning more about his final wishes.
During an interview with The Sun on Monday, February 1, just hours before Diamond’s death was confirmed, the actor’s close friend, Dan Block, revealed there were two things that Diamond, 44, who was lovingly known for his role as Screech Powers on Saved by the Bell, hoped to do.
“There are two things Dustin asked for… the ability to talk to Justin Chancellor about music and to be able to visit Disney World to see Star Wars Galaxy Edge,” Block explained.
According to Block, Diamond was working on music before his health took a turn for the worse and actually had plans to start a tribute band.
“Dustin was learning to play several Tool songs and wanted to start a Tool tribute band. He was in the process of starting the band before being diagnosed with cancer. He would play the song and play along with his bass while watching YouTube videos,” Block shared, adding, “It would be amazing if Justin saw this article and could reach out — it would be granting one of Dustin’s dying wishes and we would greatly appreciate it.”
Dustin Diamond was a major 'Star Wars' fan
Block went on to reveal that his friend was always a major fan of the Star Wars franchise, which is why he hoped to experience Star Wars Galaxy Edge, which first opened to visitors of the Florida park in August 2019 and features two rides, including Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (via Undercover Tourist).
“He’s also a huge Star Wars fan — so we’re hoping we can find a way to arrange that,” Block added.
Following Diamond’s death on Monday, his rep released a statement to People.
“We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma. He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful,” the statement read.
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