Actor Dustin Diamond, best known for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers in “Saved by the Bell,” has died at the age of 44 after a brief battle with cancer.
According to TMZ, Diamond’s passing on Monday morning was confirmed by one of his representatives.
Way too young
It was just a few weeks ago, in early January, that Diamond was diagnosed with stage four small cell carcinoma. This is a type of cancer, according to WebMD, in which the “cells of the lungs start growing rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner.”
Diamond was initially hospitalized, according to TMZ, because he was experiencing widespread pain. Tests were done, and that is when the diagnosis was made.
After the diagnosis, Diamond went through one round of chemotherapy. But, according to a representative that spoke with Fox News, things recently went downhill in a hurry.
“He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago,” said Roger Paul. “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,” Paul added. “For that, we are grateful.”
Diamond’s girlfriend is reported to have been at his side when he passed.
Although he played numerous other roles, Diamond was best known for his role in the sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” and it was his co-stars who led the way on Monday with tributes.
“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius,” Mark-Paul Gosselaar tweeted. “My sincere condolences to his family and friends. 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.”
Tiffany Thiessen tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by I 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.”
And Mario Lopez wrote: “Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on.”