Dustin Diamond dead at 44 from cancer
Dustin Diamond, known best for his portrayal of the endearingly nerdy Screech on “Saved by the Bell,” died
Monday morning, weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer, his manager said. He was 44.
Dustin’s close friend Dan Block confirmed the tragic news on Monday.
Dan, who flew in to be by his bedside this morning, told The Sun: “We thought he had five months or something.
“He was getting ready to go into the hospice today.
“I was there, by his bed. He didn’t say anything. He wasn’t in a position to talk. He was laboring to breathe
really bad. We’re all so shocked.” The news comes just hours after The Sun reported that Diamond’s illness
Read Also:Breaking: Rapper, Double K dies aged 43
The Saved By The Bell star, who found out he had stage four cancer last month, has been told he has
anything from a few weeks to a year or two left – although his friends are hoping he “outlives the odds.”
Dustin – who played lovable Screech Powers in the teen sitcom – had told pals his last wishes were to meet
his idol Justin Chancellor, the British bassist from heavy metal band Tool, and visit the Star Wars exhibit
at Disney World, Florida.
“We do not have any specific timelines, but we know that Dustin needs a miracle to overcome the small cell
carcinoma he’s been diagnosed with,” his close friend Dan Block had told The Sun.
“He was told weeks to 5 months is the average but a small percentage of people have lived one to two
years with it being stage 4.
“We are hoping that he is one of the people to outlive the odds and that we get as much time with him
as possible. The TV actor was rushed to a hospital in Florida with “pain all over his body” in January.
Last month, Dan, who met Dustin when he hired him to star in commercials for his insurance business,
revealed how tragic Dustin was afraid to seek medical help earlier in case people made fun of him.
Dan said he had a “huge lump” on his neck for some time – but tragically put off going to the hospital in case
people took photos and posted them online.
“I know that the reason he didn’t get help is because when he goes out people take pictures, put them on the
internet and say not nice things about him,” Dan said.
“He’s subject to public ridicule all the time and it sucks. People need to know he is a human.”
Dan also asked Dustin’s fans to send letters and cards to his office and he’ll go deliver them to Dustin
in hospital in Florida. “We are accepting letters and cards from fans and then we’ll take them down to Dustin.
We have a team ready. “I know a lot of people do love Dustin, but he doesn’t want to look online at the
moment because he sees all the negative comments