DUSTIN Diamond, who played Screech on Saved By the Bell, is trending on social media because fans believe he died.
The rumor is unfounded and Dustin is still very much alive.
Who is Dustin Diamond?
Dustin Diamond, 43, is an actor who's most notable for playing Screech on '90s sitcom Saved By the Bell.
Saved by the Bell was an American television sitcom created by Sam Bobrick for NBC.
It aired for four seasons from 1989-1993 and had several spin-off series including Saved By the Bell: Hawaiian Style and Saved By the Bell: The College Years.
Dustin has also appeared in movies like American Pie and Big Fat Liar.
What is the rumor that he died?
A story that originated on Ringsssss claimed that Dustin got killed in a prison riot.
It wrote that Dustin was in for a "15 year sentence for a stabbing that happened after someone criticized his comedic skills and heckled him at a comedy club.”
The website is a satirical news outlet that uses fictional names in their stories “except in cases when public figures are being satirized.”
In December 2014, Dustin was involved in a bar brawl that resulted in a man being stabbed, which resulted in his arrest.
In 2015, Diamond was sentenced to four months in prison on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.
What did people say about his 'death?'
Fans of Saved By the Bell speculated on Twitter as to whether their beloved TV favorite had actually died.
"There are rumors that @dustindiamond has passed away. Is it true?" one user wrote.
"Screech from Saved by the Bell is dead?!" another purported.
"RIP Dustin diamond #screech," one declared.
Others weren't so convinced.
"This isn’t the first time Dustin Diamond has went trending like he died..why y’all trynna kill that man off??" one Tweet read.
"If I see one more person share that “article” saying Dustin Diamond was killed in prison yall some fools for that" another shared with several stressed-looking emojis.
Is Saved By the Bell coming back to screens?
NBC announced on September 29 that they were filming a reboot of Saved By the Bell which will premiere on Peacock on November 25.
The cast, however, will not feature all of the original lineup.
The reboot just started filming with only Mario Lopez, who played A.J. Slater, and Elizabeth Berkley, who starred as Jessie Spano, from the group of original stars.
Dustin -who played Screech Powers in the series for 10 years – admitted that he was annoyed to have been left out of the reboot.
Dustin told TMZ: "All the cast members – everyone should be thinking the same things, as far I am concerned – we should all be in it."
"You can't have it without Zach and Screech and Kelly and Slater, you need to have all the cast members.
"I guess it would be nice to do a tip of the hat if it's a movie but if its a series, bring back all the staples.
"I am one of the rare people who was in every episode, out of every cast member I was in the majority and if I am not in the new one…
"How do we have Saved By The Bell without Screech, it seems like a missed opportunity."
Source: Read Full Article