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‘SAVED BY THE BELL’ STAR DUSTIN DIAMOND PASSES AWAY AT 44 AFTER BATTLE WITH CANCER

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Dustin Diamond, the actor best known for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers on the beloved coming-of-age sitcom “Saved By the Bell,” has died. He was 44.

The actor was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma cancer last month.

“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,” Diamond’s agent Roger Paul said in a statement. “Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful.”

Some of Diamond’s “Saved By the Bell” co-stars took to Twitter to share their loss.

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius,” Mark-Paul Gosselaar tweeted. “My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Looking back at our time working together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade.”

“Dustin, you will be missed my man,” wrote Mario Lopez. “The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted.  Prayers for your family will continue on.”

“I am deeply saddened by I the news of my old co-star @realdustindiamond passing,” added Tiffany Thiessen. “Life is extremely fragile and it’s something we should never take for granted. God speed Dustin.

The actor’s team previously said Diamond was “undergoing testing” at an “undisclosed location” for fear that he would be targeted by paparazzi.

The performer was hospitalized after feeling aches and pains throughout his body.

“He’s always going to remain upbeat — that’s just who he is in that respect,” a member of Diamond’s team said at the time.

Diamond is “scared but hopeful” he’ll overcome what possibilities loom ahead following the battery of tests to determine the severity of what Diamond and his team fear could be cancer, the team member said.

Diamond portrayed Screech for 13 years. He also starred in several reality TV shows including Season 5 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 Season 12 of “Celebrity Big Brother.”

He was not a part of the “Saved” reboot on NBC’s streaming platform Peacock.

Diamond has also been known to lend his time and resources to those hoping to break out in the acting business and is a regular among the comedy circuit in Los Angeles and New York City.

“Saved by the Bell” aired from 1989 to 1993, and its spinoffs included “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” both of which Diamond starred in.

A sequel was launched on Peacock this fall featuring many from the original cast, including Elizabeth Berkley, Mario Lopez, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Diamond was not included.


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