Saved by the Bell's Dustin Diamond Reveals He Has Cancer: 'Positivity and Prayers Are Appreciated'
Saved by the Bell's Dustin Diamond has been diagnosed with cancer.
Following news of his hospitalization earlier this week, Diamond's team confirmed the actor's diagnosis on Thursday.
"At this time we can confirm that Dustin does have cancer," reads the statement shared to Diamond's Facebook page. "Dustin will disclose more information once it is available and a plan moving forward is made."
"We ask everyone to respect Dustin's privacy during this difficult time," his team adds. "All positivity and prayers are appreciated."
PEOPLE confirmed on Tuesday that the actor had been hospitalized with an unknown illness.
"Dustin is in the hospital and the medical teams are doing tests to find out more," a rep for Diamond said. "Everyone is hoping for a speedy recovery."
According to TMZ, Diamond was admitted to a hospital in Florida over the weekend after experiencing pain all over his body.
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Diamond is best known for playing the role of Screech in the 1990s teen sitcom Saved by the Bell. Though the show has made a comeback with the recent reboot on NBC's Peacock, Diamond was not involved in the new series.
The actor, the only one of the six core cast members to not appear in some capacity in the revival, spoke to TMZ about his absence in February.
"It's something we put so much time and effort into," the actor said at the time. "How do you have Saved by the Bell without Screech? Right? I mean, it seems like there's a missed opportunity there."
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