Dustin Diamond, who gained youthful fame as the nerdy “Screech” on Saved By The Bell, died today, just weeks after revealing he was battling stage 4 cancer. He was 44.
Diamond’s agent confirmed the actor’s death.
“We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st 2021 due to carcinoma. 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.”
Diamond checked into a Florida hospital last month after enduring pain throughout his body from shingles and a general feeling of unease. After the cancer was discovered he underwent chemotherapy in hopes of beating it back.
After Saved By The Bell ended in 2000, he appeared in several low-budget films, made TV cameos, and was on several reality shows including Celebrity Boxing on Fox, where he won his match.