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Actor Dustin Diamond, who played Screech in the popular sitcom Saved by the Bell, has died from cancer at the age of 44, his representative has said.

Dustin Diamond had recently completed a first round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with lung cancer last month.

The actor’s condition had deteriorated fast in the last week, said agent Roger Paul.

“Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful,” he said on February 1.

Saved by the Bell, a sitcom about a high school friends and their headmaster, ran for four seasons from 1989 to 1993 and was a global hit series. Dustin Diamond played Samuel “Screech” Powers.

Screech Jailed: Dustin Diamond Sentenced to Four Months in Jail over Bar Fight

Dustin Diamond arrested: Screech from Saved By The Bell charged with stabbing a man in bar fight

Co-stars have been paying tribute.

Mario Lopez, who played AC Slater in the sitcom, said: “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.”

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, known to fans of the show as Zack Morris, tweeted that Dustin Diamond was “a true comedic genius” and said he “will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce”.

Dustin Diamond reprised his role in follow-up series Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and Saved by the Bell: The College Years. But he did not appear in the recent revival series.

He was also a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.

Dustin Diamond served three months in jail after he stabbed a man during an altercation at a bar in Wisconsin in 2014.


Actor Dustin Diamond has been sentenced to four months in jail and 15 months of probation for a bar fight during which a man was stabbed.

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech in Saved by the Bell TV series, was convicted earlier this month of two charges of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

He had said he was defending fiancée Amanda Schutz and had not intended to stab anyone.Screech Dustin Diamond jailed for bar fight

Dustin Diamond, 38, has been ordered to report to jail on June 28 to start his sentence.

The actor left the courtroom in Wisconsin without commenting.

The fight happened on December 25, 2014, in Port Washington, Wisconsin, while Dustin Diamond was with his fiancée Amanda Schutz, 27.

Dustin Diamond said a group in the bar wanted to pose for pictures but others were badgering him and Amanda Schutz, and he tried to help her by brandishing his pocketknife to deter the group.

The man who was stabbed was not seriously injured.


Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond has pleaded not guilty to charges resulting from a bar fight in southeastern Wisconsin.

Dustin Diamond, 38, and his fiancée, Amanda Schutz, appeared in Ozaukee County Circuit Court on January 22 on charges stemming from the Christmas Day scuffle at a Port Washington bar.

The actor, who played Screech in the 1990s TV show, is accused of stabbing a man after Amanda Schutz became involved in an altercation. The stabbed man told police he had shoved Dustin Diamond forcefully and didn’t realize he had been cut until later.

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Dustin Diamond pleaded not guilty to second-degree reckless endangering safety, a felony, and two misdemeanors.

Amanda Schutz entered the same plea to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Dustin Diamond has been free on bond. The judge set a $500 signature bond for Amanda Schutz.

The actor is due back in court on February 19th.

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Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond has been ordered to go on trial over the stabbing of a man at a bar on Christmas Day.

Dustin Diamond, 37, is charged with felony reckless endangerment and two misdemeanors.

His lawyer, Thomas Alberti, said there were no witnesses who said they saw Dustin Diamond stab the man but a judge ruled there was enough evidence for a trial.

The stabbing is said to have happened in a bar in Port Washington, Wisconsin.

The man was not seriously hurt during the fight at The Grand Avenue Saloon.

Dustin Diamond’s fiancée Amanda Schutz, who appeared in court with him on January 5, told police she shoved a woman who was making rude remarks to them.

Dustin Diamond, who played Screech in Saved by the Bell show, claimed the women then became physically aggressive and that two men held his 27-year-old fiancée by her hair.Dustin Diamond and Amanda Schutz in court

Port Washington police officer Ryan Hurda, who testified during the hearing, said that a man pushed Dustin Diamond as he moved towards the fight.

The man’s brother “intervened when he heard the snap of a knife”, said Ryan Hurda.

The brother did not see Dustin Diamond stab anyone, Ryan Hurda added, and there was nothing in the bar’s video surveillance that showed the actor stabbing the man.

“No, it’s not distinct, but you see he’s holding some type of object in his right hand,” Ryan Hurda said.

Thomas Alberti asked for his client to be allowed to leave Wisconsin, Dustin Diamond’s home state, for a short time.

Dustin Diamond was granted permission to perform at comedy shows which he had already scheduled in other states. He remains free on $10,000 bond.

Saved by the Bell aired during the 1990s and followed the lives of a group of high school students.

Since the show ended, Dustin Diamond has been sued a number of times for failure to pay taxes and in foreclosure proceedings following missed mortgage payments.

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Dustin Diamond has been charged with stabbing a man in a bar fight.

The actor is best known for playing Screech in Saved by the Bell.

Dustin Diamond, 37, faces charges of felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, and carrying a concealed weapon.

The fight is said to have happened on Christmas Day in Port Washington, Wisconsin, while Dustin Diamond was with his fiancée Amanda Schutz, 27.

Crime reports say the actor and his fiancée had been to several bars before they got into a row with two men and another woman.

The fight took place at the Grand Avenue Saloon.

When police caught up with the couple’s car near the bar, Dustin Diamond told police he had a “pen” in his hand when he grabbed one of the men, according to the criminal complaint.

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Photo Ozaukee County Police

Officers found a switchblade knife in the car – the point of it appeared to be covered in blood.

Reports say that Dustin Diamond later told police he accidentally stabbed the man while he was trying to defend his Amanda Schutz.

Amanda Shutz also faces a charge of disorderly conduct.

Dustin Diamond appeared in Ozaukee County court on December 26 and his bail was set at $10,000. His next hearing is set for December 29.

Police said the man who was stabbed was injured in the armpit but is not thought to be seriously hurt.

Representatives for Dustin Diamond have not yet commented and the actor is yet to release a formal statement.

Saved by the Bell aired during the 1990s and followed the lives of a group of high school students.