Dustin Diamond reportedly died on Monday morning (Feb. 1st) at 44 years old. According to the actor’s girlfriend, she took him to the hospital after he had been “ignoring” a lump on his neck. Within the last few minutes of his life, his girlfriend for one year, Tash Jules, was by his side when he died.
His manager also wrote a statement, stating Dustin Diamond was “feeling out of sorts and he’d had a lump on his neck that he was ignoring.” They later found out it Dustin Diamond was in stage 4 of small cell carcinoma, which is cancer that commonly starts in the lungs, from then on it can morph in the prostate or gastrointestinal tract.
His manager further explained how Dustin’s diagnose was spreading rapidly and was only diagnosed 3 weeks ago before his death.
His manager released this short statement as well: ‘”He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. 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.
He continued, “he was afraid of the public attention if he went into the hospital. But finally, his girlfriend took him and the doctors confirmed it was cancer. Of course, he was scared, but he tried to find the humor in it. He did chemo — he tried everything possible. But it didn’t work, Dustin tried to be as positive as he could throughout everything — that’s who he was — but he was scared.”
Many would recognize Dustin Diamond for his credible work for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers on the original Saved by the Bell.
While filming, he received backlash for his 2009 book “Behind the Bell.” The book was about backstage stories while shooting the series with some of his accounts being less than flattering to his costars. Besides this, he’s also been tied in legal situations. He served three months in jail for stabbing a man during a 2014 altercation at a bar in Wisconsin. Other films he’s been cast include, “Celebrity Fit Club,” “Celebrity Boxing 2” and “Celebrity Championship Wrestling.”
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