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I spent an abnormal and probably unhealthy amount of time this week on Google, trying to figure out if Dustin Diamond had living parents or siblings (he apparently has a father, who visited with his son before his death). I read a news story about his death which described the layout of his deathbed: He passed away with his girlfriend of a year and an unnamed “friend” in the room. That struck me; he was 44-years-old, in the prime of his life, and passed from this Earth without a family member present, no parent, sibling, spouse, or child. Even in the press release about his death, Diamond’s agent didn’t mince words about the child star’s checkered past. He explained,
We are aware that Dustin is not considered reputable by most. He’s had a history of mishaps, of unfortunate events. We want the public to understand that he was not intentionally malevolent. He–much like the rest of those who act out and behave poorly—had undergone a great deal of turmoil and heartache. His actions, though rebukeable, stemmed from loss and the lack of knowledge on how to process that pain properly.