Dustin Diamond of “Saved by the Bell” fame has confirmed his cancer diagnosis just days after an emergency hospitalization.
The 44-year-old actor and his team revealed the disheartening diagnosis via his official Facebook account Thursday evening.
“Official Statement from Team Dustin,” it began. “At this time we can confirm that Dustin does have cancer. Dustin will disclose more information once it is available and a plan moving forward is made.”
The television star was hospitalized Tuesday due to widespread pain and discomfort. His family also has a history of cancer, including his mother who died of breast cancer.
“We ask everyone to respect Dustin’s privacy during this difficult time. All positivity and prayers are appreciated,” the statement concluded.
Diamond first appeared as Samuel “Screech” Powers in 1988’s “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” about classmates at the fictional Bayside High School, and continued the role through each iteration of the “SBTB” series, including “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” in which he appeared as Bayside’s principal.
That final incarnation ended in the year 2000, well before the current reboot was conceived.
Most recently, he voiced a character based on himself in a 2017 episode of the Adult Swim animated series “Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell.”
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