Dustin Diamond was never married to Jennifer Misner, a close friend told Heavy. The two had separated before he died. The couple did not have any children. He had also been engaged to Amanda Schutz, but the pair split.
Diamond, best known for his role as Screech on “Saved By the Bell” died tragically at the age of 44 on Monday, February 1, 2021 after a battle with cancer.
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Diamond & Ex Misner Dated for Years But Were Never Married
Diamond and Misner were never married, according to his death certificate. A close friend of Diamond, who was with him when he died, told Heavy Diamond was never married. Diamond had said he married Misner, but his death certificate says they were never legally married. The couple later separated.
Misner works in sales and marketing for a hotel company near Altoona, Pennsylvania, according to her LinkedIn profile. The profile says she has been the director of sales and marketing for Holiday Inn Express in Hollidaysburg, a suburb of the central Pennsylvania city, for more than a decade.
Diamond appeared at signings in December, but by mid-January, he was undergoing medical testing, according to his Facebook page. On January 14, his team confirmed on his Facebook page that he had 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,” a post on his page said.
Further testing revealed he had stage 4 small cell carcinoma, or lung cancer. His manager, Roger Paul, told NBC News his condition deteriorated rapidly.
Paul said Diamond’s “condition had greatly declined since last week, and he was taken off of breathing machines in an attempt to get him to hospice care.” He added, “There were two people very close to him by his side when he passed away.”
Misner Became Pregnant When She Was Dating Diamond But Suffered a Miscarriage
Misner became pregnant in 2004 when she was in a relationship with Diamond, but tragically, she suffered a miscarriage. The miscarriage was the result of an ectopic pregnancy, according to The Sun.
A statement from Diamond’s representatives quoted by E! News asked for privacy for his team and his family.
“We please ask that you give room for privacy to our team and Mr. Diamond’s family during this tragic time, as we grieve and remember the memories spent together,” the statement said in part. “This loss is as much stinging as it is sudden.”
Mario Lopez, who also starred on the long-running Saturday morning sitcom with Diamond, shared condolences on his Instagram page soon after his death was announced.
“Dustin, you will be missed my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on…” he wrote.
Diamond Was Briefly Engaged to Girlfriend Amanda Schutz But the Couple Split
Diamond dated Amanda Schutz, and the couple was briefly engaged in 2014. However, they broke up the following year, according to The Sun. Schutz was a professional clown, and the pair bonded over their love of comedy, the news outlet reported.
Schutz, 33, was a business owner, running a clown company that provided entertainment for children’s parties. Her clown name was Loli Pop, and she specialized in “providing interactive entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting and more,” The Sun reported, quoting a company website that has now been deleted.
His team wrote a tribute to Diamond, confirming his death on his Facebook page.
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.
Dustin Diamond’s name was synonymous with Screech, his character on the hit show Saved by the Bell. He portrayed Samuel “Screech” Powers for thirteen years as the cast of the show grew up together in all its series: Good Morning, Miss Bell, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and Saved By the Bell: The College Years. He starred in a handful of reality television series including the 5th season of Celebrity Fit Club, The Weakest Link and Celebrity Boxing 2. He made cameo appearances in films such as Made (2001), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) and American Pie Presents: The Book of Love. (2009). In December 2013, Dustin appeared on an episode of OWN’s Where Are They Now? and became a house member in the twelfth season of Celebrity Big Brother.
Dustin Diamond was a character in and of himself: an unpredictable spitfire who always left us shocked, but never left us bored. We are thankful he trusted us enough to share his genuine, authentic self with our team. We wish you knew him in the way that we did. We please ask that you give room for privacy to our team and Mr. Diamond’s family during this tragic time, as we grieve and remember the memories spent together. This loss is as much stinging as it is sudden.