Dustin Diamond, ‘Saved by the Bell’ star, dead at 44

He was 44.

“He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago,” Paul stated in a declaration he supplied to CNN. “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.”

A star and funnyman, Diamond discovered popularity playing Samuel “Screech” Powers for more than a years on the “Saved by the Bell” franchise.

The teen series was just recently reimagined by the Peacock streaming service with a few of the initial stars, though not Diamond.

He stirred debate with his 2009 book “Behind the Bell,” in which Diamond shared backstage stories about shooting the series with a few of his accounts being less than lovely to his costars.

He likewise dealt with some legal problems, serving 3 months in prison for stabbing a male throughout a 2014 run-in at a bar in Wisconsin.

The star has actually appeared in a variety of truth reveals for many years, consisting of “Celebrity Fit Club,” “Celebrity Boxing 2” and “Celebrity Championship Wrestling.”

Diamond’s “Save by the Bell” costars, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez and Tiffany Thiessen, commemorated the late star on social networks.

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius,” Gosselaar tweeted. “My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Looking back at our time working together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade.”

“Dustin, you will be missed my man,” Lopez composed on Instagram. “The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on.”

“I am deeply saddened by I the news of my old co-star @realdustindiamond passing,” Thiessen composed in an Instagram post. “Life is extremely fragile and it’s something we should never take for granted. God speed Dustin.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.