We are in absolute shock. Screech is gone…
Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond, who rose to fame as Samuel “Screech” Powers on the ’90s megahit teen sitcom, has died at the age of 44.
Just over two weeks ago, the former child star was hospitalized with pain all over his body — and received a diagnosis of stage four cancer. Dustin immediately started chemo, but it was too late.
In a statement to Buzzfeed News, Diamond’s reps said things moved unbelievably fast in the short time after the diagnosis:
“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. For that, we are grateful.”
At least we have that to be thankful for.
RIP, Dustin. You will be missed.
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