'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer

Brenda Watkins
January 16, 2021

Some sad news to report about someone many of us grew up watching on the hit teen series Saved by the Bell.

Dustin's diagnosis was confirmed on his Facebook page on January 14 to update fans about the 44-year-old performer who is best known for playing gawky-but-lovable Samuel "Screech" Powers on Saved by the Bell and several spinoffs.

The 44-year-old actor was hospitalized earlier this week after "feeling pain all over his body" and it was reported that a cancer diagnosis was likely. Sources also revealed that Diamond's family has a history of cancer - his mother died of breast cancer.

The actor's rep went on to confirm that Diamond has cancer throughout his body and he's now getting his first round of chemotherapy.

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Per TMZ, Dustin Diamond reportedly has cancer throughout his body and has already begun his first round of chemotherapy treatments. [He] will disclose more information once it is available and a plan moving forward is made...

"On top of all this", his rep said, "he also has shingles, so he's been in a lot of pain".

Saved by the Bell's Dustin Diamond has been diagnosed with cancer. The show eventually transitioned to the more well-known Saved by the Bell and he would continue to play the role for thirteen years through various incarnations of the show such as Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Addressing the situation on What What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in November, Diamond's former co-star Elizabeth Berkley teased that a Screech return was possible, though she hadn't spoken to Dustin in a while. "I'm asking everyone for thoughts and prayers", Paul said.

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