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People: Dustin Diamond Was Hospitalized with an Intense Stage 4 Cancer 3 Weeks before His Death

Laura Beatham
Feb 02, 2021
08:40 A.M.

"Saved by The Bell" Dustin Diamond was hospitalized with stage 4 cancer only three weeks before he died.


Dustin Diamond passed away at 44 years old on February 1st, 2021. The "Saved by The Bell" star had been hospitalized and diagnosed with stage 4 cancer three weeks before his death.

Diamond had first gone to the hospital on January 12th for a mystery illness that was causing him to experience pain all over this body, as TMZ reported.

Dustin Diamond and the rest of the "Saved by The Bell" crew in the 1990s. | Photo: Getty Images

Dustin Diamond and the rest of the "Saved by The Bell" crew in the 1990s. | Photo: Getty Images

His medical team had been concerned that he had cancer. They performed a biopsy to get a diagnosis. He was then diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma.

His rep confirmed his diagnosis to People and revealed that his condition had been severe. The agent shared that he had been in a lot of pain. The representative said to People:


"We can confirm that Dustin does have cancer. It's very serious, though we are still waiting for more details, which we will have shortly."

Diamond underwent chemotherapy for cancer and had been experiencing pain from shingles on top of his cancer. He remained in hospital until he passed away.

His rep confirmed his death to People on Monday and shared that he had been diagnosed with this "brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer" a few weeks before his death.


Diamond was the only one of his castmates not to reappear in Peacock's reboot of the show.


The rep said the only mercy of cancer had been that it was quick to take his life, so he did not have to suffer through the illness and treatment.

The rep share they were grateful that he did not have to suffer from any pain as he had died so quickly after received the diagnosis. The rep had shared:

"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."


Diamond gained fame for his role as Samuel "Screech" Powers on the 1990s TV Show "Save by The Bell." Mario Lopez was one of his costars in the show.

Diamond was the only one of his castmates not to reappear in Peacock's reboot of the show. NBCUniversal owns the streaming platform.

Diamond wrote a book based on his experience on the show in 2009. He gave a background look into the show and showed his costars in an unflattering light.

A few of his costars, such as Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen, shared condolences for the late Diamond on their respective social media platforms.

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