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Dustin Diamond Dies: ‘Saved By The Bell’ Star Was 44

Dustin Diamond Dies: ‘Saved By The Bell’ Star Was 44

Dustin Diamond, who gained youthful fame as the nerdy Samuel “Screech” Powers  on Saved By The Bell, died today, just weeks after revealing he was battling stage 4 cancer. He was 44.

Diamond’s agent confirmed the actor’s death.

“We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma,” his reps at Roger Paul Inc. said in a statement. “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.”

Diamond first played Screech on the hit show that ran on NBC from 1989 to 1993, reprising the popular role for subsequent iterations Good Morning, Miss Bell, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and Saved By the Bell: The College Years. In all, he appeared as Screech for 13 years.

In addition to his signature role, Diamond starred in such reality television series as the fifth season of Celebrity Fit Club, The Weakest Link and Celebrity Boxing 2. He made cameo appearances in films such as Made (2001), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) and American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009). In December 2013, Diamond appeared on an episode of OWN’s Where Are They Now? and became a house member in the twelfth season of Celebrity Big Brother.

Diamond checked into a Florida hospital last month after enduring pain throughout his body from shingles and a general feeling of unease. After the cancer was discovered he underwent chemotherapy in hopes of beating it back.

Diamond also wrote a 2009 tell-all book, Behind the Bell, that detailed the dirt on the backstage antics of the show.

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