ILLNESS – Teen star in the 1990s, American actor Dustin Diamond was hospitalized in Florida earlier this week. The performer of Screech in the series “Saved by the Bell”, 44, suffers from advanced cancer.
2021-01-15T12:58:37.995+01:00 – Jérôme Vermelin
The general public discovered him in the role of Samuel Powers aka Screech, the funny geek of the American series Saved by the Bell, broadcast in France in the 1990s on Antenne 2. Actor Dustin Diamond, now 44, was hospitalized earlier this week in Florida, causing concern among his fans.
On the night of Thursday to Friday, his entourage told the American media that he had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, requiring him to start chemotherapy urgently.
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“By next week, we will have a better understanding of the severity of his condition and the treatments needed to make him feel better.“, indicates his spokesperson to Entertainment Weekly, stressing that upon his arrival at the hospital, the actor “felt tired and passed out”. The exact nature of his cancer, however, has not been specified.
A sulphurous reputation
Dustin Diamond played the character of Screech for 13 years, before embarking on a career as a stand-up comedian, with mixed success. Over the years, he has gained a sulphurous reputation by directing a real-fake sex-tape whose title, Screeched – Saved By The Smell, parodied that of the series which made him famous.
Three years later, he published a book in which he painted an unflattering portrait of his partners on screen, and in particular his main actor, the handsome Mark-Paul Gosselaar, alias Zack Morris. He also boasted of having slept with more than 2,000 women, including a high-ranking NBC executive.
Missing from the series reboot
In December 2014, when he was seen on various reality shows, he was arrested in Wisconsin after a fight in which he injured a man with a knife. Sentenced for disturbing public order and carrying an illegal weapon, he will serve a three-month prison sentence. So many reasons that probably explain why it was not recalled by the producers of the series for the reboot launched at the end of 2020 in the United States and still unseen in France
In one of the episodes, the character of Slater, played by Mario Lopez, alludes to his character, explaining that “Screech is lucky because he moved to live on the International Space Station with Kevin (his famous robot – editor’s note). He doesn’t have to deal with all the problems we have here “. None of the comedians in the series has reacted, for the moment, to the news of Dustin Diamond’s hospitalization.
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