Dustin Diamond has verified the bad news.
Two days after multiple outlets reported that the Saved by the Bell alum was under the care of doctors in a hospital, it has now been confiirmed that he has cancer.
This, as you can easily imagine, has been the worst case, most feared scenario for both the 44-year-old celebrity, his family and friends, and his fans alike.
“At this time we can confirm that Dustin does have cancer,” reads a new statement on the actor’s Facebook page, shared on Thursday, January 14.
“Dustin will disclose more information once it is available and a plan moving forward is made.”
If you would like to send a card or letter, the same post includes the following address:
Concludes the social media message:
“We ask at this time no autograph requests be sent to this address as that isn’t what it’s for.”
“We ask everyone to respect Dustin’s privacy during this difficult time.”
“All positivity and prayers are appreciated.”
TMZ reported on Tuesday that Diamond had been “feeling pain all over his body and a general sense of unease” before he went to the hospital.
His family also has a history of cancer, as he previously lost his mother to breast cancer.
We do not know at this time what type of cancer Diamond has come down with; or the severity of the disease.
UPDATE: TMZ now says the cancer is stage 4 and that Dustin is already receiving treatment.
The California native is best known for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers.
He debuted in this the lovable, nerdy role in 1988 on the Disney Channel sitcom Good Morning, Miss Bliss, eventually bringing it over to NBC’s Saved by the Bell franchise.
The original program aired from 1989 to 1993… and its spinoffs included Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class, both of which Diamond starred in.
However, he was not asked to participate in the popular revival of the series, which premiered late last year on Peacock to very positive reviews.
Over the past several years, Diamond has infamously filmed a sex tape and been arrested on multiple occasions.
In 2009, he published a book titled Behind the Bell, which included a number allegations about his former costars’ lurid and/or inappropriate behind-the-scenes behavior.
He later confessed that he had a ghostwriter and that several stories in the book had been fabricated.
In 2019, Mark-Paul Gosselaar told Andy Cohen he last spoke to Diamond in 1994.
Speaking to the same Bravo host, Elizabeth Berkley later said something similar about her relationship with Diamond.
“I haven’t talked to him in a long time,” she told Cohen in November of 2020.
“Honestly, I think since we finished the show is the last time I actually spoke to him, but not because of anything bad.
“I mean, he was always nice to me and he’s had his journey, but really, I’ve kept more in touch with Mark-Paul, Tiffani [Thiessen], Mario and then, from time to time, Lark [Voorhies].”
Dustin Diamond has clearly gone through a lot for a long period of time.
We wish him a full recovery.
UPDATE, 1/15: Diamond’s rep told Entertainment Weekly that the star is “undergoing chemo” for this diseae.
He will reportedly remain at the hospital for “at least another week and then we will figure out when he gets to come home.”
“By next week, we’ll have a much better understanding of the severity of his condition and what treatments he will need so that he’s comfortable,” the rep told the outlet.
The rep says that when the actor first arrived at the hospital, Diamond was “was fading in and out, feeling sleepy and tired.”
Despite his estrangement from most of his former co-stars, Mario Lopez shared a photograph on Instagram yesterday of himself and Dustin in a scene from their 1990s sitcom, alongside a more recent snapshot of them catching up.
Wrote Lopez as a caption: “I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he’ll overcome this.”
“Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery,” Lopez added. “God Bless.”
Another friend close to Diamond said to People Magazine: “We can confirm that Dustin does have cancer.”
“It’s very serious, though we are still waiting for more details, which we will have shortly. He’s in a lot of pain.”
Prayers up for DD.