Actor Dustin Diamond died on Monday at the age of 44, after receiving a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis in January.
His condition “had greatly declined since last week, and he was taken off breathing machines in an attempt to get him to hospice care,” Roger Paul, a spokesperson for the actor, said in a statement. “There were two people very close to him by his side when he passed away.”
Diamond is most famously known for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers on “Saved by the Bell.”
Some of Diamond’s co-stars from the 1990s hit TV show took to Twitter to share their condolences.
“Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on,” wrote Mario Lopez.
"Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dustin Diamond, a true comedic genius. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Looking back at our time working together, I will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce. A pie in your face, my comrade," wrote Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
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