Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond diagnosed with stage four cancer

Dustin Diamond and pictured as Screech in Saved By The Bell
Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond diagnosed with stage four cancer (Picture: Getty)

Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond has been diagnosed with stage four cancer.

The actor, 44, is said to have already begun treatment following his diagnosis and is currently receiving his first round of chemotherapy, his rep has confirmed.

Speaking to TMZ, Dustin’s rep said that the star was diagnosed after finding a lump in his throat.

It’s said the cancer is throughout his body. Dustin is also reportedly experiencing pain from shingles.

On Tuesday it was revealed Dustin had been hospitalised, with fears he may have cancer surfacing at the time – given his family’s history with the illness.

Dustin, who is best known for playing Screech in ’90s teen sitcom Saved By The Bell, fell ill over the weekend in Florida with a ‘pain all over his body’.

SAVED BY THE BELL: Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Ed Alonzo as Max, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Dennis Haskins as Mr. Richard Belding, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater
Dustin is famed for playing Screech (Picture: Getty Images/ NBCUniversal)

At the time of his hospitalisation, a rep for Dustin confirmed the reports to Metro.co.uk, stating: ‘Yes it is true, he is in the hospital.’

‘We are awaiting on more tests and then we can comment,’ they added. ‘Please say your thoughts and prayers for him.’

Dustin played the character of Screech onscreen for 13 years, but was noticeably absent from the Saved By The Bell reboot that aired last year. He had previously slammed the show, following a fallout with the cast, in his tell-all book Behind The Bell.

In 2013, Dustin appeared on Celebrity Big Brother’s 12th series in the UK and he was at the centre of a death hoax in October 2019 when it was claimed he ‘died in a prison riot’ despite not being in jail at the time.

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Dustin’s rep for comment.

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