Dustin Diamond AKA Screech from 'Saved by the Bell' Confirms Cancer Diagnosis
Dustin Diamond, 44, famously known for portraying "Screech" in the hit 90's show "Saved by the Bell," confirmed on Facebook through his rep on Friday that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
Dustin Diamond had been admitted to the hospital after complaining of pains all over his body. Diamond's rep posted a statement on the actor's Facebook page on Friday confirming the "Saved By The Bell" star had cancer.
The actor starred in the cult favorite high school comedy from 1989 - 2000. In the reboot, however, Diamond had been excluded from the show, unlike his co-stars. The star had, over the recent years, become troubled.
Dustin Diamond during his trial in the Ozaukee County Courthouse on May 29, 2015, in Port Washington, Wisconsin | Photo: Jeffrey Phelps/Getty Images
Diamond was admitted to hospital over the weekend in Florida when he complained of failing health. The representative informed fans that Diamond was awaiting a diagnosis as doctors ran tests, including cancer tests.
In the statement, Diamond's team writes that the star is undergoing chemotherapy. The rep also told People magazine that Diamond, who is also suffering from shingles, is in a great amount of pain. The rep also said:
"It's very serious, though we are still waiting for more details, which we will have shortly."
It was not confirmed when the actor would be released from the hospital. The rep clarified that Diamond would provide more information when available, and posted an address for those wishing to send cards or letters.
However, the rep warned fans not to mail requests for autographs and asked for privacy during Diamond's difficult time. Diamond's rep, however, asked fans to offer positivity and prayers to the ailing star.
Doctors are still trying to determine the severity of his diagnosis.
The former "Saved By The Bell" star was the only actor not called to resume his role in the reboot. The move may have had something to do with the star's legal troubles and disparaging tell-all book.
Diamond angered his co-stars after the tell-all, which he claimed was tampered with by a ghostwriter. The star was also sentenced to 4 months in jail after a stabbing incident during a bar fight. About time in jail, Diamond said:
"It's pretty scary going into that environment."
Diamond expressed disappointment about them booting his character "Screech" off the reboot. In 2006, however, the actor released an adult tape called, "Screeched." Diamond claims that he used a body double for the tape.
Diamond's co-star Elizabeth Berkley is open to the possibility of a"Screech" return. The actor filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and has also claimed in an interview that people have always looked down on him.
It seems that Diamond's woes are not over yet. The actor's rep told Entertainment Weekly that doctors are still trying to determine the severity of his diagnosis and the type of treatments the actor would need.
Following Diamond's arrival at the hospital, the actor's rep had disclosed that the actor was fading in and out of consciousness and felt exhausted and sleepy. The rep hoped for Diamond's quick recovery.
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