Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond has died aged 44.
The former teen star had stage 4 cancer, with his diagnosis making news a matter of weeks ago.
Diamond’s team announced via Facebook he passed away Monday morning. It is understood he was being treated in a hospital in Florida.
“We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma,” Diamond’s official social media page read.
“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.”
It is known that Diamond’s family have a history of the disease, with his mother dying of breast cancer, however they are unclear what kind of cancer it could be for the actor.
Diamond is famous for playing Screech on four seasons of Saved By The Bell, which first aired in 1989.
The star was noticeably missing from the reboot that premiered in 2020, which is likely due to his complicated history with the show.
While most of the Bell cast has gone on to have successful careers like Mario Lopez and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Diamond has not had an easy time.
He released a sex tape (which he later revealed wasn’t actually him) and a book that painted an unflattering portrait of his colleagues that he similarly back-pedalled on.
Speaking to Oprah’s Where are they now? in 2013, Diamond said he “felt lost” when, at 23 years of age, his role as Screech came to an end.
“I wanted a year or two off just to myself because I felt like I’d earned it,” Diamond said.
His team added on Facebook: “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.”
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