Dustin Diamond, greatest identified for taking part in nerdy sidekick Samuel “Screech” Powers in Saved by the Bell, has died, simply weeks after he was identified with most cancers. He was 44.
“We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma,” the actor’s workforce tells Yahoo Entertainment. “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.”
The former little one star was hospitalized lower than a month in the past with an unknown, however “serious” sickness. Tests decided Diamond had stage IV small cell carcinoma most cancers. He underwent chemotherapy.
Diamond’s Saved by the Bell co-stars, Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen, expressed condolences, each noting how fragile life is.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who performed Zack Morris within the coming-of-age sitcom, referred to as Diamond “a true comedic genius.”
Deeply saddened to listen to of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a real comedic genius. My honest condolences to his household and buddies. Looking again at our time working collectively, I’ll miss these uncooked, sensible sparks that solely he was in a position to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade.
— Mark-Paul Gosselaar (@MPG) February 1, 2021
Diamond portrayed Screech for 13 years in numerous Saved by the Bell iterations, together with, Good Morning, Miss Bell, Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Saved by the Bell: The College Years. He didn’t reprise the function in NBC’s current reboot. The actor additionally appeared in a handful of actuality tv reveals: Celebrity Fit Club, The Weakest Link, Celebrity Boxing 2 and Celebrity Big Brother. He toured as a humorist for greater than a decade.
Diamond made headlines off-screen, too. He served three months in jail for stabbing a person throughout a 2014 bar battle in Wisconsin and confronted different authorized troubles. In 2006, he launched a intercourse tape. He later revealed he was embarrassed over that call and mentioned it truly featured a stunt double.
The actor’s administration workforce, who labored with Diamond for 21 years, word in Monday’s assertion he was by no means “intentionally malevolent.”
“It goes without saying that our relationship cannot be categorized exclusively as business. He has become a larger part of our everyday life: A part of our family and friend circle. We are aware that Dustin is not considered reputable by most. He’s had a history of mishaps, of unfortunate events,” the assertion reads. “We want the public to understand that he was not intentionally malevolent. He — much like the rest of those who act out and behave poorly — had undergone a great deal of turmoil and heartache.”
While his workforce calls some actions “rebukable,” they word his habits “stemmed from loss and the lack of knowledge on how to process that pain properly.”
“In actuality, Dustin was a humorous and high-spirited individual whose greatest passion was to make others laugh,” Diamond’s workforce provides. “He was able to sense and feel other peoples’ emotions to such a length that he was able to feel them too — a strength and a flaw, all in one.
“Dustin Diamond was a character in and of himself: an unpredictable spitfire who always left us shocked, but never left us bored. We are thankful he trusted us enough to share his genuine, authentic self with our team,” the assertion concludes. “We wish you knew him in the way that we did. We please ask that you give room for privacy to our team and Mr. Diamond’s family during this tragic time, as we grieve and remember the memories spent together. This loss is as much stinging as it is sudden.”
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