On January 14, 2021, Diamond’s team confirmed in a Facebook post that he had been diagnosed with cancer. The announcement reads, “At this time we can confirm that Dustin does have cancer. 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. All positivity and prayers are appreciated.”
The following day, Mario Lopez posted to Instagram two photos of himself and Diamond together: one from their Saved by the Bell days and one from 2016, when Lopez interviewed Diamond on Extra TV. Alongside the photos, Lopez wrote, “I connected with Dustin earlier this evening and although the news of his diagnosis is heartbreaking, we remain positive that he’ll overcome this. Praying for him & his family and for a speedy recovery. God Bless.” Tiffani Thiesen also posted to her Instagram Story, saying simply, “Thinking of you Dustin” (via Page Six).
Lark Voorhies, who played opposite Diamond as Screech’s long-time crush Lisa Turtle, also took to Instagram on January 16 to express her love for Diamond and to wish him well during this difficult time. “I’d like to take the time to send special love and special best wishes to Dustin Diamond, who is one of my dearest friends,” she wrote. “Dustin, all the many in your close circle who know you to be the great person that you are, are truly pulling for you and praying for the best outcome.”
We are wishing Diamond the very best as he undergoes treatment.