Actor Dustin Diamond, well known to TV fans as the classic character "Screech" on '90s cult teen favorite show Saved by the Bell, has been hospitalized in Florida after experiencing all-over pain and discomfort — and he's fearing that cancer is the cause.
Diamond, 44, was reportedly admitted to the hospital where doctors are currently running tests to see what the issue may be. Diamond has a family history of cancer, with his mom even dying of breast cancer, and his medical team is reportedly concerned that he might be unlucky in this respect as well. It's not clear right now what kind of cancer they are suspecting.
"It's serious, but we don't know how serious yet. He’s going for testing. He hasn’t been feeling well," a spokesperson for the actor said. "He's at an undisclosed hospital in Florida. We are hoping for a speedy recovery.”
Diamond has an interesting, to say the least, history in show biz. He first appeared in the teen series as Samuel "Screech" Powers in 1989, and kept the role for all four seasons of the show, and also contributed to two spinoffs, Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Saved by the Bell: The New Class, but was not included in the recent Saved by the Bell revival for Peacock.
He grew a somewhat seedy notoriety following the show's run, having released a sex tape in 2006 (which, according to an interview with OWN, he decided to release after hearing about the wads of cash Paris Hilton made off of that market but did not star him, rather a body double), then released a tell-all book about the show in 2009 (which he claims was ghostwritten). He was arrested in 2014 for pulling a knife in a bar altercation, served four months in 2015, and was picked up again by the cops for breaking probation in 2016.
TMZ was the first to report the news of Diamond being hospitalized.