Dustin "Screech" Diamond Dead at 44

Actor Dustin Diamond, who played the character of "Screech" on the long running series "Saved By The Bell" has died at the age of 44. The Associated Press confirmed the news at around 2:30PM on February 1st, 2021.

Saved By The Bell co-star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who played the character of Zack Morris on the long running NBC comedy took to Twitter moments after the news broke:

As did former co-star Mario Lopez:

According to TMZ, the actor died on Monday morning... just a few weeks after completing his first round of chemotherapy for stage 4 lung cancer. Dustin Diamond was initially hospitalized earlier this month, and his health reportedly continued to decline over the past week.

Mark McKenzie and Dustin "Screech" Diamond at a Border City Wrestling event in 2002

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