Actor Dustin Diamond was rushed to a hospital in Florida with an unknown illness.
Diamond, who is best known for playing the role of Screech in “Saved by the Bell”, was reportedly hospitalized over the weekend after feeling pain and “a general feeling of unease”.
TMZ reports thatAlthough his illness is not officially disclosed, sources claim that Diamond is currently suffering from cancer. These sources further indicate that the actor is currently undergoing a biopsy in the hospital to determine what type of cancer may be afflicting him.
Weekly entertainment states that a member of Diamond’s team has revealed the prognosis is dire, although the extent of its severity has yet to be confirmed.
Diamond portrayed Screech for the entirety of the original “Saved by the Bell” series in the ’90s. The character was beloved for his quirky and unhappy ways, and Diamond quickly became an icon in the sitcom space.
However, NBCUniversal’s recent reboot of the “Saved by the Bell” series aired without any Screech.
“He wants to be paid and respected,” Lark Voorhies, former Diamond co-star, said of his absence. “We would love for him to come back to the set. He’s going through his growing pains… He’s going through adult issues and all that, but I’m sure he’ll be back – okay, they’ve got the perfect contract for him. I’m sure he would be back.
Currently, the reboot of “Saved by the Bell” explains Screech’s absence by stating that he is on the International Space Station. The Revival series has not yet been renewed by the network.