The iconic actor, comedian, and musician, Dustin Diamond, has tragically passed away aged just 44.
Diamond, who worked in a plethora of different roles, was undeniably best known for his role in Saved By The Bell.
He starred in the original series before going on to appear in 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.
In the franchise, Diamond famously played Samuel “Screech” Powers.
A rep for Diamond told TMZ that he passed away earlier today.
It’s been reported that Diamond passed away peacefully in no pain and that his girlfriend was by his side as he died.
Damn, Screech (Dustin Diamond)— Anthony Fabius 🇭🇹 (@Aharris101) February 1, 2021
Screech was one of my favorite characters on the Saved by the Bell Show. RIP Screech 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/zk2spuozJU
Dustin was hospitalised just last month after feeling pain all over his body and a general sense of unease.
Shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with cancer.
Now, just weeks after completing his first round of chemo for lung cancer, Diamond passed away.
Rest in peace.
Our thoughts go out to Dustin’s family and friends during this hard time.