We are so very sorry to share the news that “Saved By The Bell” star Dustin Diamond has passed away.
He had recently announced that he was battling stage 4 lung cancer and that he and his doctors were working on a plan to fight it.
His team sent out this message on Diamond’s official Facebook page today:
Team Dustin Here.
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.
Dustin Diamond’s name was synonymous with Screech, his character on the hit show Saved by the Bell. He portrayed Samuel “Screech” Powers for thirteen years as the cast of the show grew up together in all its series: Good Morning, Miss Bell, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and Saved By the Bell: The College Years. He starred in a handful of reality television series including the 5th 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, Dustin appeared on an episode of OWN’s Where Are They Now? and became a house member in the twelfth season of Celebrity Big Brother.
Dustin Diamond was a character in and of himself: an unpredictable spitfire who always left us shocked, but never left us bored. We are thankful he trusted us enough to share his genuine, authentic self with our team. We wish you knew him in the way that we did. We please ask that you give room for privacy to our team and Mr. Diamond’s family during this tragic time, as we grieve and remember the memories spent together. This loss is as much stinging as it is sudden.Facebook
His team had just announced three weeks ago that he was ill.
He was most well known for his work in “Saved by the Bell” as the often made fun of Screech. He had some problems throughout the years including his house being threatened to be foreclosed on multiple times. It seemed from the outside looking in that he had a very rocky life.
Our hearts go out to Diamond’s friends and family at this time. He was 44.
TMZ first reported the news.