Saved By the Bell's Dustin Diamond hospitalised in cancer scare

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Former child star Dustin Diamond has been rushed to hospital and could be facing a very serious prognosis.

The 44-year-old is best known for playing the loveable Samuel "Screech" Powers on the 90’s hit comedy series Saved By the Bell.

Dustin Diamond as Screech Saved by the Bell, cancer scare hospitalised
Dustin Diamond, known for his role as Saved By the Bell's Screech, has been hospitalised. Photo: NBC

Now however the actor could be facing a diagnosis of cancer after TMZ reported he had been rushed to hospital in Florida.

The former star sought medical care after reportedly experiencing pain all over the body and a general feeling of ‘unease’.

Dustin Diamond hospitalised cancer scare
Dustin was said to have suffered pain all over his body and a general feeling of unease before being rushed to medical care. Photo: Getty Images

TMZ claims that the medical team are running a series of tests, but they suspect the result could be cancer given the star’s family history with the disease – his mother died after a battle with breast cancer.

Dustin bought Screech to life for almost 13 years, cementing himself in 90’s pop culture from the tender age of 11.


Initially, he played the role in Good Morning, Miss Bliss in 1988, finishing up on Saved By the Bell between 1994-2000.

Saved by the Bell original cast photo
Dustin got co-stars offside with a 'tell-all' memoir about their years on the show together. Photo: NBC

Though co-stars including Mario Lopez, Tori Spelling, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Elizabeth Burkley went on to celebrated careers, it wasn’t smooth sailing for Duston after the show wrapped.

He was famously embroiled in a sex tape scandal in 2006 in which he released a sex tape that he initially claimed he had starred in, however, he later admitted to Oprah it was a stunt double, and not him in the film.

He was a notable absence from the show’s reboot last year, after he released a ‘tell-all’ memoir of his time on the show called Behind the Bell back in 2009 that painted co-stars and production in a less than flattering light.

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