“The stage 4 small cell carcinoma diagnosis is definitely not what we were hoping for. However Dustin is being treated and fighting this. Those of us close to him will make sure he receives the messages of love and support. Will bring letters to him. Thank you so much for all the love,” the caption of the post read.
Diamond’s official Instagram account is @realdustindiamond, Pink Daisy Entertainment tells Heavy. The account has only two posts, both from late January 2021 related to his illness.
There are several fake accounts set up for the Saved By the Bell actor, including @dustindiamondofficial, with more than 23,000 followers. His team tells Heavy that they recently took over this particular account.
“I was [recently] able to take it over, but then instagram blocked me from resetting anything… so [it’s] being left dormant unless I can reach the person who made it,” Pink Daisy Entertainment told Heavy.
Here’s what you need to know:
Diamond Had Little Social Media Presence & Didn’t Have a Verified Instagram Account
Despite appearing on one of the most popular shows of the early ’90s, Diamond didn’t have a very large social media following, nor did he keep up his social media presence.
Diamond’s official Facebook page has fewer than 5,000 likes. It appears as though his team posted photos and other updates on the account throughout the years.
Diamond had virtually no presence on Instagram. His official Instagram page appears to have been created after his cancer diagnosis. There are only two posts on the page, both providing information for fans.
The first post was a “thank you” message on January 21.
“Thought we should post something on here. As we posted on facebook: Hello all! We want to thank you all for the outpouring of love and support . We may not be able to respond to every message however we want you to know that they are appreciated. Love and positivity make a difference in difficult situations,” the caption read.
Diamond Was Diagnosed With Stage 4 Lung Cancer in January
Just two weeks after the last Instagram photo was uploaded to the @dustindiamondofficial Instagram page, which has more than 23,000 followers, the Saved By the Bell star was admitted to a hospital in Florida. At the time, Diamond, 44, was said to be in a great deal of pain. His team later confirmed that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
“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 statement read.
“We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma. He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful,” the statement read in part.