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By Rosy Cordero
January 14, 2021 at 05:46 PM EST
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Dustin Diamond
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Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond has received a stage four cancer diagnosis, his team tells EW. Diamond is currently undergoing treatment at an undisclosed Florida hospital.

A rep for the actor says Diamond, 44, will release a statement when a formal diagnosis has been made, but calls the cancer diagnosis "serious" and confirms it is stage four. As testing continues, the actor remains at the hospital and will continue to be there "for awhile."

"He's undergoing chemo so he will be there at least another week and then we will figure out when he gets to come home," explains his rep. "By next week, we'll have a much better understanding of the severity of his condition and what treatments he will need so that he's comfortable."

He further explains that Diamond is feeling "fine" today though he was not doing so great when he was admitted to the hospital. "He was fading in and out, feeling sleepy and tired. On top of all this he also has shingles, so he's been in a lot of pain."

Another rep for the actor told EW that Diamond's medical problems began with "a huge lump on his throat."

Diamond is best known for playing nerdy sidekick Screech Powers in the original incarnation of Saved by the Bell, but not a part of Peacock's recent revival series starring several original cast members. The show explained the characters absence by saying Screech was living "on the International Space Station" with his robot Kevin. Although the revival series has yet to be picked up for a second season, Diamond's team previously told EW the actor had been in talks to revise his role. "They've been talking, so we're keeping our fingers crossed."

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