Saved by the Bell, the NBC comedy in which Dustin Diamond starred as nerdy school misfit Samuel “Screech” Powers, made him a household celebrity in the 1990s. On February 20, 2021, the abrupt death of Diamond was met with shock and disbelief by everyone in entertainment.
In January 2021, Dustin Diamond learned he had small cell carcinoma of the lung, stage 4. The 44-year-old actor died on February 1, 2021, after undergoing just one round of chemotherapy. “Dustin, you will be missed my man,” remarked Diamond’s Saved by the Bell co-star Mario Lopez. It’s important to remember that life is a fragile thing.
Diamond’s Rise to Notoriety
Then, in the wake of a string of scandals, Diamond’s renown was forever tarnished by his own 2006 sex tape.
One of Diamond’s threesomes was named Screeched: Saved by the Smell, although the X-rated video didn’t actually star Diamond.
On the other hand, on a 2009 episode of Where Are They Now?, Diamond disputed that he appeared on the tape, stating that his “role” had been played by a stunt double, at least where “Diamond” appears nude.
After the video was released, Diamond hoped that it would lead to more bookings, but instead it sparked much more controversy.
Dustin Diamond and Jennifer Misner
His autobiography and recollection of his time on Saved by Bell, titled Behind the Bell, was published in 2009 following his divorce from Jennifer Misner and publication of the book.
According to the book, the filming of “Saved by the Bell” entailed “sex, drugs and crazy parties.” Diamond’s co-stars were outraged by this assertion.
After Gosselaar and others scoffed at the book’s allegations, Diamond stepped out to say that the book’s ghostwriter had made up a large portion of the accusations.
For What Reason Was Dustin Diamond Arrested?
With his former cast members no longer wanting to see him (Diamond was excluded from Saved by the Bell reunions after the publication of this book), the actor hit yet another low in 2014.
When Diamond was arrested for possessing a switchblade knife, he was accused of using it to threaten another person during a bar brawl in the year of his arrest.
After a scuffle that included Diamond’s ex-girlfriend Amanda Schutz, a patron at the bar was stabbed to death. Schutz was working as a clown for a birthday party at the time, and his stage name was Loli Pop.
Convicted of disruptive behavior and possession of a hidden firearm, Diamond was sentenced to three months in prison before being released on probation.
As a result, Diamond was back in court barely a month after being released from prison when he was arrested again in 2016 for violating the terms of his probation.