Fans are studying extra about Dustin Diamond‘s ultimate moments.
The actor handed away on Monday, Feb. 1 on the age of 44. He was surrounded by family members, together with his rep, Roger Paul, telling E! News Dustin’s girlfriend Tash Jules and his pal Dan Block have been each by the Saved By the Bell alum’s aspect when he died. The spokesperson stated Dustin’s father, Mark Diamond, additionally noticed him earlier than Dustin’s passing.
Dustin’s dying got here lower than three weeks after followers realized he had been recognized with most cancers and was present process chemotherapy. His rep listed carcinoma as the reason for dying.
According to Roger, Dustin “did have a lump on his neck” that he had been ignoring. “He was afraid of [the] public responding and giving it attention if he went to get it checked,” the rep continued. “Tash, his girlfriend, is a pharmaceutical rep and took him to the doctor. She was an absolute angel in helping towards the end.”
Throughout his transient most cancers battle, the star remained optimistic. “Dustin was scared, but tried to stay positive, even when death was staring in his face,” Roger added. “He always tried to stay positive towards the end and make people laugh.”
For over a decade, followers watched Dustin play Samuel “Screech” Powers on Saved By the Bell and its associated sequence, together with Good Morning, Miss Bell, Saved By the Bell: The New Class and Saved By the Bell: The College Years. He additionally made appearances in quite a lot of movies, together with Made (2001), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) and American Pie Presents: The Book of Love. (2009). In addition, he starred on a number of actuality TV reveals, together with Celebrity Fit Club, The Weakest Link, Celebrity Boxing 2 and Celebrity Big Brother.
“Dustin cared about his fans so much,” Roger stated. “They were so important to him.”
Dustin additionally made headlines for his private life, together with over a 2006 intercourse tape and the 2009 e-book Behind the Bell. During a 2013 episode of OWN’s Where Are They Now?, he described the intercourse tape because the factor he was “most embarrassed about” and the e-book as “another disappointment.”
“I was a first-time author, so they had a ghostwriter,” he stated on the time. “I talked to a guy a few times, so the book has some truth in it, and a lot of the stories were just kind of throwaways.”
In 2016, Dustin additionally started a four-month jail stint. According to Reuters, the star was sentenced after he was convicted of carrying a hid weapon and disorderly conduct in an incident wherein he was accused of stabbing somebody at a Wisconsin bar. He ended up serving three months.
“When I had my pocketknife like this and the blade was right here, and the guy came from around me and grabbed my throat and so he nicked his arm on the tip of it,” he informed Mario Lopez throughout a 2016 Extra interview. “It was a Band-Aid—the most expensive Band-Aid I’ve ever bought.”
In a separate assertion to E! News, Roger opened up about Dustin’s “history of mishaps” and “unfortunate events.”
“We want the public to understand that he was not intentionally malevolent,” the rep famous. “He—much like the rest of those who act out and behave poorly—had undergone a great deal of turmoil and heartache. His actions, though rebukeable, stemmed from loss and the lack of knowledge on how to process that pain properly. In actuality, 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.”
Roger additionally described Dustin as a “character in and of himself: an unpredictable spitfire who always left us shocked, but never left us bored.”
“We are thankful he trusted us enough to share his genuine, authentic self with our team. We wish you knew him in the way that we did,” Roger added. “We please ask that you give room for privacy to our team and Mr. Diamond’s family during this tragic time, as we grieve and remember the memories spent together. This loss is as much stinging as it is sudden.”