Dustin Diamond, the actor best known for his portrayal of Samuel (Screech) Powers on the original Saved by the bell Series, died of lung cancer at the age of 44.
“We are sad that Dustin Diamond passed away due to cancer on Monday, February 1st, 2021,” his representatives said in a statement to ET Canada.
“He was only diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer three weeks ago. During this time he managed to spread quickly in his system. The only grace it showed was its sharp and quick execution. Dustin didn’t suffer. He didn’t have to be in pain. We are grateful for that. “
“We have worked with Dustin for the past twenty-one years,” it said. “It goes without saying that our relationship cannot be classified as purely business. It has become a bigger part of our everyday life: a part of our family and friends. We know that Dustin is not considered serious by most.
He had a history of mishaps, of unfortunate events. We want the public to understand that he was not deliberately malicious. Like the others who misbehaved, he had seen a lot of turmoil and heartbreak. Although his actions were reproachable, they were based on loss and lack of knowledge of how to properly process this pain. In reality, Dustin was a humorous and cocky person whose greatest passion was making others laugh. He could sense and feel other people’s feelings for so long that he could feel them too – a strength and a fault in one. “
“Dustin Diamond was a character in his own right: an unpredictable hothead who always shocked us but never bored us. We are grateful that he trusted us enough to share his real, authentic self with our team. We wish you know him as much as we do. We ask that you give our team and Mr. Diamond’s family space for privacy during this tragic time as we grieve and remember shared memories. This loss is as painful as it is sudden. “
Diamond was admitted to a Florida hospital in mid-January after experiencing pain all over his body.
“We can confirm that Dustin has cancer,” his spokesman confirmed at the time. “It is very serious, although we are still waiting for more details that we will have shortly. He is in great pain.”
Diamond is best known for his character, Samuel “Screech” Powers, one of the main cast in the original Saved by the bell Series that ran from 1989 to 1992. He also appeared in subsequent series The college years and The new class, as well as Good morning, Miss Bliss, Saved by the bellPredecessor.
He was the only original cast member who didn’t appear when the series was last restarted.
Diamond appeared on Celebrity Big Brother In 2013.
Former castmate Mario Lopez said he reached out to Diamond when he heard about the cancer diagnosis and posted a relapse photo of the couple on his social media when Diamond first went to the hospital.
Diamond was married to long-time friend Jennifer Misner from 2009 until their split in 2013.