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‘Saved by the Bell’ star Dustin Diamond dead at 44

Dustin Diamond has died after a battle with stage 4 cancer. He was 44 years old.

The “Saved by the Bell” star passed away early Monday morning, his rep told TMZ. His condition had declined drastically over the weekend and he was taken off breathing tubes in order to transport him to hospice care.

His father and girlfriend were by his side when he passed.

Diamond, best known for his role as “Screech” in the hit teen series, was hospitalized in mid-January with widespread pain. He reportedly feared it was cancer, as his family has a history of it and his mother died from breast cancer.

His team confirmed his cancer diagnosis just days later on social media, and he started chemotherapy immediately for stage 4 small cell carcinoma that had metastasized to Diamond’s lungs.

Following his diagnosis, Diamond’s former “Saved by the Bell” co-stars Mario Lopez and Tiffani Thiessen sent messages of support.

His pal later told The Sun that his dying wishes were to meet the bassist from his favorite band, Tool, and visit Disney World.