Dustin Diamond, who was best known for playing the lovable Samuel “Screech” Powers on Saved By the Bell, died after a battle with stage four lung cancer.
E! News can confirm the star passed away on Monday, Feb. 1 due to carcinoma. He was 44.
“He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago,” a rep for the actor shared with E! News. “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.”
While Dustin’s rep acknowledged his client’s “history of mishaps,” the actor was also a “humorous and high-spirited individual whose greatest passion was to make others laugh. He was able to sense and feel other peoples’ emotions to such a length that he was able to feel them too—a strength and a flaw, all in one.”
“We please ask that you give room for privacy to our team and Mr. Diamond’s family during this tragic time, as we grieve and remember the memories spent together,” his rep’s statement continued. “This loss is as much stinging as it is sudden.”
As his rep explained on Jan. 21, “Dustin is looking forward to spending more time with his girlfriend, playing his bass guitar/video games as well as making videos for his fans on social media.”