Dustin Diamond, the actor who played Screech Powers on “Saved By the Bell,” has passed away at 44.
In January, Diamond was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma. His girlfriend was by his side when he succumbed to the illness.
His agent, Roger Paul said that in three weeks, it rapidly spread throughout his body. He added they are grateful that Diamond did not have to “lie submerged in pain.”
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After the news of his passing got out, some of Diamond’s co-stars from “Saved By the Bell” went on Twitter to share their thoughts and expect their condolences to Diamond’s family.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar said he was “deeply saddened” by the news of his passing. He also called Diamond “a true comedic genius.”
Mario Lopez tweeted that the actor “will be missed.” He then reflected upon the “fragility” of life.
Tiffany Thiessen also shared her thoughts about the matter. She echoed Lopez’s thoughts, saying that “life is fragile” and that it should not be something people take for granted.
Diamond Was “Scared But Hopeful”
According to Fox News, Diamond’s team said that the actor was “undergoing testing” in an area they can’t reveal since they fear the paparazzi will target him. Additionally, as per TMZ, Diamond was admitted to the hospital after feeling aches and pains.
During his fight, the actor remained “scared but hopeful” that he can win his battle, according to one of Diamond’s team members.
Diamond played Screech on “Saved By the Bell” for 13 years. Diamond also headlined in multiple reality TV shows, such as “Celebrity Fit Club” season 5, “The Weakest Link,” and “Celebrity Boxing 2.” Diamond also made an appearance on an episode of “Where Are They Now?” on OWN. He also participated as a housemate in “Celebrity Big Brother” season 12.
Diamond also made cameos in movies including “Made” in 2001, “Dickie Robers: Former Child Star” in 2003, and “American Pie Presents: The Book of Love” in 2009.