Sunday, July 21, 2024

RIP Dustin Diamond, 44, Troubled ‘Screech’ of “Saved by the Bell” Diagnosed 2 Weeks Ago with Stage 4 Lung Cancer


Terrible story: Dustin Diamond, the troubled actor from the teen show “Saved by the Bell,” has died at age 44 from stage four lung cancer.

Diamond played Screech on the popular teen show from the late 80s and early 90s. The show went on to have a perpetual life in reruns but Diamond– unlike the other regulars– never found an adult career.

In recent years he was involved in scandal after scandal propelled by substance abuse. When “Saved by the Bell” was recently revived on the Peacock NBC network, Diamond wasn’t invited to join in.

A couple of weeks ago it was revealed he had cancer. Now a tragic life has come to an abrupt end. Condolences to his family and friends.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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