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Dustin Diamond, 'Saved by the Bell' actor, dead at 44
Dustin Diamond during a convention
Dustin Diamond during a convention Credit: Rob DiCaterino (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

An actor and stand-up comedian, Diamond found fame playing Samuel "Screech" Powers for more than a decade on the "Saved by the Bell" franchise, died Monday after a recent cancer diagnosis, according to Diamond's manager, Roger Paul.

The actor was diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized just three weeks ago.

Diamond's "Save by the Bell" costars, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez and Tiffany Thiessen, paid tribute to the late actor on social media.