Dustin Diamond well known for playing the lovable Samuel “Screech” Powers on the hit NBC sitcom, “Saved by the Bell” — has died, TMZ has learned.
A rep for Dustin reports his death. It has been noticed that his health condition had declined greatly and he was taken off the breathing machines in an attempt to get him to hospice care.According to reports his father was with him when he passed away.
Just a couple weeks after completing his first round of chemo Dustin’s death comes. He was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma which is commonly referred to as lung cancer.It is said that the cancer started somewhere in Dustin’s body and metastasized in his lungs.
Initially he was hospitalized in Florida in January after feeling pains all over his body and a general sense of unease. Unfortunately it turned out to be cancer.
Dustin is famous for playing Screech on four seasons of “Saved by the Bell” as Zack Morris’ (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) nerdy sidekick who struggled to get any of Lisa Turtle’s (Lark Voorhies) love and affection.
After the kids graduated from Bayside HS , the show got a short-lived spinoff with “Saved by the Bell: The College Years.” There was also “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” in which Dustin appeared as Screech from season 2 to 7 as Mr. Belding’s assistant.
Dustin wasn’t recast for the reboot of the show on Peacock. Back in January 2020, we talked to him about why he wasn’t signed on for the new project. The short answer he didn’t know why but argued for Screech’s reprisal.
Dustin would appear in tons of other roles … including as the groom in 98 Degrees’ music video for their 1999 hit track, “I Do (Cherish You).” He also appeared in 2 episodes of “The Wonder Years.” He became infamous for directing his own sex tape in 2006 but later admitted to Oprah Winfrey it wasn’t him but a stunt double.
He also appeared in tons of reality shows including “Celebrity Boxing 2” and “Celebrity Fit Club” where he did NOT make too many friends after becoming confrontational with numerous cast members.
There were other stunts too. Like in 2017 he drank chewing tobacco spit for $25 and played fat Harvey Weinstein for a music video. Two years later … Dustin was supposed to fight the so-called angry bagel guy, Chris Morgan, before CM pulled out of the fight. He also had tons of legal and money problems.
But, through it all Dustin got tons of love from fans and friends alike, including Insurance King president and CEO Dan Block, who wrapped NASCAR driver Josh Bilicki‘s car in Dustin’s honor.
Dustin was 44 years old.