Dustin Diamond, known for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers on “Saved by the Bell,” died of stage 4 lung cancer on Monday. He was 44.
In January, the actor learned he had stage 4 small cell carcinoma.
“He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. 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,” Diamond’s representatives said in a statement.
Diamond played “Screech” for 13 years.
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