Mario Lopez revealed Thursday night that he spoke to his Saved By The Bell co-star Dustin Diamond.
Earlier today, Diamond, 44, confirmed he was battling stage four cancer after experiencing pain all over his body.
“I got in touch with Dustin earlier this evening and while the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain confident that he will overcome this. Pray for him and his family and for a speedy recovery. God bless, ”Mario tweeted that night.
In touch: Mario Lopez revealed Thursday night that he spoke to his Saved By The Bell co-star Dustin Diamond amid the latter’s cancer diagnosis; both are represented on Extra in 2015
“Pray for Him”: “I met Dustin earlier tonight and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain confident that he will overcome this,” Mario tweeted.
The actor’s team confirmed the news Thursday via their Facebook page, saying, “At the moment we can confirm that Dustin has cancer.
“Dustin will release more information once it becomes available and a plan for moving forward is developed. “
The star remains in hospital and is currently undergoing her first round of chemotherapy after going through “a ton of tests”.
The statement included an address where fans can send cards and wishes the actor to “print them out and send them to him,” but asked “that no autograph requests be sent to this address as it is not. is not what it is. for.’
Flashback: His revelation comes just hours after Diamond confirmed he was battling stage four cancer at just 44; photographed in 2016
Remember when: the duo are pictured in a publicity photo for Saved By The Bell in 1996
A representative told the Today show on Thursday that the star has stage four cancer, saying, “It’s serious, but we don’t know how badly yet. “
The representative added: “He’s going to do some tests. He does not feel well. He is in an undisclosed hospital in Florida. We hope for a speedy recovery. “
Diamond’s rep added to TMZ that the actor is undergoing his first round of chemotherapy to fight the disease. He added that the actor also suffered from shingles.
Famous: The actor played the role of Screech in the popular sitcom Saved By The Bell
Survive: Diamond has confirmed he is battling cancer; seen at a movie premiere
Crisis: Diamond, who rose to fame as “Screech” on Saved By The Bell, was reportedly hospitalized this weekend; photo 2013
Meanwhile, his close friend Dan Block told The Sun he had a “huge lump” on his neck but postponed his hospital stay.
“Dustin has cancer – we don’t know what type or how advanced it is – we’ll find out tomorrow,” Dan told The Sun. “At the moment, we don’t know how serious it is or where it has spread.
“It started out as a tumor in his neck – a huge lump on his throat – and it was very visible. “He was afraid that someone would take pictures and post them online. “
Representatives for Diamond, who played “Screech” on the hit show, said on Tuesday that they believed the problem could be related to cancer, but did not clarify the next day.
“We’ll have a better response after all of the testing is complete,” Diamond’s team told Yahoo Entertainment. “But they do a ton of tests on him. We just hope for a speedy recovery.
Terrifying: Diamond, 44, entered treatment after complaining that his whole body was in pain, and his medical team feared he had cancer, insiders added to TMZ; photographed in 2006
Diamond was hospitalized in Florida over the weekend, a representative for the actor confirmed to DailyMail.com.
Diamond went into treatment after complaining that his whole body was in pain, and his medical team feared he had cancer, insiders added to TMZ.
The actor lost his mother to breast cancer and reportedly underwent a biopsy to determine her condition.
Diamond originally played the role of Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers on Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the 1988 Disney Channel sitcom that later became Saved By The Bell.
He continued to play Screech on the first series of Saved By The Bell on NBC from 1989 to 1993 and allowed the character to do multiple covers.
The California-born actor was part of the 1992 TV movie Saved By The Bell: Hawaiian Style and the 1993 sequel Saved By The Bell: The College Years.
Then came the spin-off Saved By The Bell: The New Class, which ran from 1994 to 2000 and also included Dustin in its cast.
However, Peacock’s reboot of the franchise last year didn’t include Dustin, although other former castmates like Mario Lopez have returned to the series.
Over the past two decades, Diamond has had his fair share of controversies, including his 2006 sex tape Screeched: Saved By The Smell which he directed himself.
During a where are they now? Special on OWN seven years later, he said he layered his face over a stuntman’s body for the band.
“You know, I definitely got the money, but it wasn’t worth knowing what the payoff was. I mean people to this day they despise me, ”he said.
Throwback: Diamond (bottom, center) is pictured with her co-stars on the original Saved By The Bell series which aired on ABC from 1989 to 1993
He also said his 2009 memoir, Behind The Bell, was a “disappointment of me” due to his descriptions of alleged drugs and sex while directing the show.
Diamond said the book was written by ghosts and said, “I spoke to a guy a few times, so the book has part of the truth in it, and a lot of the stories were just a little throwaway. “
He said, “Like, you know, ‘Oh, well, the kids were smoking marijuana and, you know, having sex behind the scenes. This came from another throwaway statement: “Was anyone doing drugs or sleeping together on set?” ‘Well, what do you think? There was a bunch of kids with hormones, you know, 15, 16. “
Diamond said, “It turned into, you know, factual talk about everyone, which was really, I just have good thoughts and fond memories of everyone. I was expecting to receive a copy to reread and agree, or thumbs up or thumbs down, and I was sent the copy, “Oh, it’s done. “
Remember when: He was also part of the 1992 TV movie Saved By The Bell: Hawaiian Style in which he is pictured with Mark-Paul Gosselaar (left) and Mario Lopez (right)
Then in 2015, he spent three months in jail for his role in a brawl at a Wisconsin bar in which one of the participants was allegedly stabbed.
He was acquitted of recklessly endangering public safety, but convicted of two felonies, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.
He apparently remained friendly with his co-star Mario Lopez, who hosted him on Extra in 2016 where he discussed his time in prison.
Diamond’s friend Dan Block told The Sun last year that the actor was not aware of Saved By The Bell’s revival on Peacock until his news went public.
“I know he wants to be a part of it,” Block said, insisting his friend is “a good guy and deserves a second chance.”
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