Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond was an American actor. He rose to fame in the late '80s and early '90s, playing Samuel "Screech" Powers on both Good Morning, Miss Bliss and the Saved by the Bell series. Diamond was also known for appearing on reality shows Celebrity Fit Club in 2008 and Celebrity Big Brother in 2013. Diamond died on Feb. 1, 2021, from cancer.
Dustin Diamond
Full Name
Dustin Neil Diamond
Hometown
San Jose, Calif.
Born
01/07/1977
Died
02/01/2021 (Age: 44)

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What kind of cancer did Dustin Diamond have?

Dustin Diamond died of small cell carcinoma of the lungs. He was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in January 2021 and passed away the following month at age 44. "In that time, it [cancer] managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution," Diamond's rep confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE.

Was Dustin Diamond married?

Dustin Diamond was never married. Although reports suggested Diamond was married to Jennifer Misner from 2009 until their separation in 2013, his death certificate did not list the former couple as legally married. Before his death in February 2021, Diamond was with his girlfriend Tash Jules for one year, and he was previously engaged to Amanda Schutz in 2014.

Why was Dustin Diamond not in the 'Saved by the Bell' reboot series?

It was reported that Dustin Diamond's issues with the other cast members of 'Saved by the Bell' — including what he wrote about the cast in his 2009 tell-all book 'Behind the Bell' — led producers to exclude his character from the 2020 reboot series on Peacock. Diamond was the only primary cast member from 'Saved by the Bell' that did not appear in the reboot series. However, before his death, Diamond had a preliminary conversation with one of the executive producers about returning as "Screech" during season 2; instead, the original cast shot a tribute to Diamond that season.

How old was Dustin Diamond in 'Saved By the Bell?'

Dustin Diamond was 12 when 'Saved by the Bell' premiered on Aug. 20, 1989. The original series finale aired on May 22, 1993, when Diamond was 16. Diamond also starred in 'Saved by the Bell' spin-offs, including 1992's 'Hawaiian Style' and 1994's 'Wedding in Vegas' TV movies and on 'The College Years' and 'The New Class' series.

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Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the beloved sitcom, died in February after a short cancer battle
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Season 2 of Saved by the Bell Reboot Will Pay Tribute to Dustin Diamond and His Character Screech
"I knew we wanted to do more than just putting a picture of him up at the end," showrunner Tracey Wigfield said of Dustin Diamond, who died in February
Hayley Mills Remembers Late Good Morning, Miss Bliss Costar Dustin Diamond as 'a Really Sweet Kid'
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