Yesterday, it was announced that Dustin Diamond, the actor best known for portraying madcap nerd Screech on the TV show Saved By The Bell, passed away from stage four cancer. Now, it’s been revealed that Dustin was not only a massive Tool fan, but was hoping to speak with Justin Chancellor, the band’s bassist. On top of that Diamond was also in the process of starting a Tool tribute band.
In a new interview with The Sun, Dustin’s friend Dan Block revealed some of Dustin’s dying wishes. Among them was a chance to speak with Chanellor.
“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,” said Block. “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. 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. He’s also a huge Star Wars fan – so we’re hoping we can find a way to arrange that.”
Block also commented on how Diamond didn’t want to make his sickness public due to the response he would no doubt encounter online.
“I know that the reason he didn’t get help is because when he goes out people take pictures, put it on the internet and say not nice things about him,” Dan said. “He’s subject to public ridicule all the time and it sucks. People need to know he is a human.”
Fans can send their support and tributes to Dan at his office. Everyone at The Pit sends their heart out to Diamond’s family, friends, fans and collaborators during this difficult time.
Words by Chris Krovatin