'Saved by the Bell’ star Dustin Diamond dies of cancer at 44

The actor died on Monday after a three-week fight with carcinoma

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 20, 2007 actor Dustin Diamond poses for a portrait during the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. US actor Dustin Diamond, best known for playing the nerdy Screech on the hit TV series "Saved by the Bell," died February 1, 2021, his agent said, just weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. He was 44.
"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 agent, Roger Paul, told AFP.
"Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful."
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Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond died on Monday after a three-week fight with carcinoma, according to his representative. He was 44.

"Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful," the actor's spokesman, Roger Paul, said.

Diamond, who is best known for playing Screech in the hit 1990s sitcom, was admitted to hospital in Florida in January, and his team disclosed later that he had cancer.

Former co-star Mario Lopez took to Twitter to say farewell.

Saved by the Bell was broadcast from 1989 to 1993 and its related shows included Saved by the Bell: The College YearsGood Morning, Miss Bliss; and Saved by the Bell: The New Class, which Diamond starred in.

A sequel was launched on Peacock last autumn featuring many of the original cast, including Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Thiessen and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Diamond was not included.

He starred in a handful of reality television series, including the fifth season of Celebrity Fit Club, Weakest Link and Celebrity Boxing 2. In December 2013, Diamond appeared on an episode of OWN's Where Are They Now? and became a house member in the 12th season of Celebrity Big Brother.

He also produced a tell-all documentary on Lifetime TV called The Unauthorised Saved by the Bell Story.

Diamond was sued several times over tax bills and in foreclosure proceedings for missing mortgage payments.

In 2015, he was sentenced to four months in jail for his part in a stabbing at a Wisconsin bar.

"Dustin was a humorous and high-spirited individual whose greatest passion was to make others laugh. He was able to sense and feel other people's emotions to such a length that he was able to feel them, too – a strength and a flaw, all in one," wrote Paul.