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February 01, 2021

Dustin Diamond, 'Saved by the Bell' star, Dead at 44 after Short Battle with Cancer

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Dustin Diamond, the famous actor who gave life to one of the most popular characters from the '90s in the TV show "Saved by the Bell," has died, confirmed his agent this Monday.

Hollywood and '90s kids are grieving the loss of one of the most iconic actors of this era, Dustin Diamond. The 44-year-old had a short but iconic career, which he cemented by bringing the lovable nerd Samuel “Screech” Powers to life in "Saved by the Bell."

At the beginning of the year, it was reported that Diamond had been hospitalized after being diagnosed with cancer. He battled the disease for three weeks before sadly losing his life to it on Monday.

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His agent, Roger Paul, confirmed the news to Rolling Stone magazine in a statement where he stated that Diamond had been diagnosed with a "brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer" recently. And continued:

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“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."

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Paul asked fans and the media for privacy for Diamond's family and his team as they grieve and remember the good times spent with the actor. 

Diamond's former co-stars have taken to social media to express their condolences and shock at the news. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who gave life to Screech's best friend, Zack Morris, took to Twitter to say he was saddened by the loss of "a true comedic genius."

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Mario Lopez, who also worked closely with Diamond, reflected on life's fragility while sending prayers for the actor's loved ones. 

Like most child stars, Diamond had a hard time adjusting to life in the entertainment industry after "Saved by the Bell" came to an end. He was involved in some scandals throughout his adult life, but his spark was never deemed. Rest in Peace. 

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