Who will receive Dustin Diamond's ashes? Late actor's body to be cremated because he didn't want a gravestone
Dustin Diamond's death has been doing the rounds on media outlets and the latest update has details about his cremation. The 'Saved By the Bell' star will be cremated as one of his final wishes and his ashes will be staying with his loved ones. Dan Block, a close friend of Diamond, told TMZ that his remains will be placed in two separate urns — one for his father and the other for his girlfriend.
There are reportedly no plans to scatter the ashes. The star passed away on February 1 due to carcinoma. The statement that confirmed his death read: "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."
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His father Mark Diamond will be one of the people receiving the ashes. Mark, back in the day, taught digital electronics for a computer processing firm. "He was the love of my life. We planned on a future together and spoke often about having kids," his girlfriend, Tash Jules said.
The 39-year-old pharmacy technician added that she last spoke to him the day before he passed away. "Even though he was struggling to breathe and had difficulty speaking, he was able to get out the words to me, ‘I love you’. I told him I loved him back."
Block also added that the late actor had two wishes — taking Jules to witness Disney World's 'Star Wars' attractions and meeting Justin Chancellor, the Tool Bassist. Both never managed to come to fruition. The site also added the family is asking for the proceeds and donations to go to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of Diamond's mother, Jaimee who died of breast cancer.
Why did he want to be cremated?
Previously, it was reported that Diamond did not want to have a headstone. "He wants to be cremated, he did not want to have a gravestone and he did not want to have a big funeral so it's just going to be a memorial with a few family and friends. He said he didn't want to have a gravestone because he was worried people would mess with it just like they messed with him when he was alive."
"He just wants to be left in peace to leave the world. I think I might do a plaque because he filmed at one of my locations, so maybe I'll put something there, so that if somebody wanted to go and see something they could. But he was clear he didn't want a gravestone. This all just happened so fast we thought we had months," Block said.