‘Saved by the Bell’ star Dustin Diamond dies of cancer at 44
By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
“Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond passed away on Monday after a three-week battle with carcinoma, according to its representative. He was 44 years old.
“Dustin didn’t suffer. He didn’t have to lie in pain. For that, we are grateful to him, ”said the spokesperson for the actor, Roger Paul, in a statement.
Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom, was hospitalized last month in Florida and his team later revealed he had cancer.
“Saved by the Bell” aired from 1989 to 1993, and its spinoffs included “Saved by the Bell: The College Years”, “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class”, in which Diamond played A sequel debuted on Peacock last fall with many cast from the original cast, including Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. The diamond was not included.
He has appeared in a handful of reality TV series, including the 5th season of “Celebrity Fit Club”, “The Weakest Link” and “Celebrity Boxing 2.” In December 2013, Diamond appeared in an episode of OWN’s “Where Are They Now?” and became a member of the household in the 12th season of “Celebrity Big Brother”.
Diamond has been sued on several occasions for overdue taxes and in foreclosure proceedings for missing mortgage payment. He has appeared on reality TV shows, made a sex tape, and produced a revealing Lifetime TV documentary called “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story.” In 2015, he was sentenced to four months in prison for participating in a stabbing at a bar in Wisconsin.
“Dustin was a witty and humorous individual whose greatest passion was making others laugh. He was able to feel and feel the emotions of others to such a length that he was able to feel them too – a strength and a flaw, all in one, ”Paul wrote.