After a three-week-long struggle with carcinoma, ‘Saved By The Bell’ star Dustin Diamond died on Monday at the age of 44, according to his spokesperson Roger Paul, reported Associated Press.  

Paul said in a statement, “Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful.” 

Diamond, who is celebrated for his role in the iconic ’90s sitcom “Saved By The Bell” which lasted through decades, had to be admitted to the hospital after being diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer last month. The actor was hospitalised in Florida, reported Associated Press. 

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Mario Lopez, a friend and former co-star of the actor wrote on Twitter, “Dustin, you will be missed, my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted.”

His famous role of “Screech” was carried forward to various sequels and spin-offs of the original show including “Good Morning Miss Bliss”, “Saved By The Bell: The College Years” and “Saved By The Bell: The New Class”. 

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The star also featured in various reality shows including “Celebrity Boxing 2”, “Celebrity Fit Club”, “The Weakest Link”, “Celebrity Big Brother” and “Where Are They Now?”. 

His spokesperson wrote, “Dustin was a humorous and high-spirited individual whose greatest passion was to make others laugh. He was able to sense and feel other peoples’ emotions to such a length that he was able to feel them too — a strength and a flaw, all in one”, reported Associated Press.