'Saved by the Bell' TV actor Dustin Diamond dies aged 44

goss 02/02/2021

Dustin Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on the 90's series 'Saved By The Bell', has died from cancer at the age of 44. 

The actor had been diagnosed with lung cancer just three weeks ago, and 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," his 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."

Dustin is most famous for playing Samuel "Screech" Powers on four seasons of 'Saved By The Bell', as well as reviving his role for the predecessor 'Good Morning, Miss Bliss' and other spinoff shows.

Fellow co-stars and others in the Hollywood community paid tribute to the actor on social media. "Dustin, you will be missed my man," Mario Lopez wrote on Twitter. "The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on."

Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar called Dustin a "true comedic genius," adding "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."

Tiffani Thiessen wrote "I am deeply saddened by the news of my old co-star @realdustindiamond passing. Life is extremely fragile and it's something we should never take for granted. God speed Dustin."