Dustin Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on the 90’s television show Saved by the Bell but also made sporadic appearances in pro wrestling, has passed away at the age of 44.
TMZ reported that Diamond passed away Monday morning after being diagnosed with stage 4 small cell carcinoma, or lung cancer. He was diagnosed last month and had been undergoing chemotherapy. The cancer had started elsewhere in Diamond’s body and it later metastasized in his lungs. His condition had declined in the last week.
After his run on Saved by the Bell ended in 2000, Diamond made appearances in professional wrestling, including an angle with Jerry Lawler and then-wife Stacey Carter in 2000 for Memphis Championship Wrestling. He later appeared in TNA, competing in what was billed as a boxing match on the September 18, 2002 Total Nonstop Action pay-per-view event. He defeated Tiny the Bellkeeper in under a minute.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dustin Diamond, who once appeared in TNA during the Asylum Years,” Impact Wrestling wrote in a tweet. “We offer our condolences to his friends and family.”
Diamond also took part in Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling reality television show in 2008. He was the seventh eliminated out of ten contestants, with Dennis Rodman ultimately winning the competition.