Jason Priestley has shared a health update for his former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star, Shannen Doherty, who is fighting stage 4 terminal breast cancer. In an interview with Australia’s Studio 10 show, the actor explained that he reached out to Doherty “every few months just to check in on her and say hi,” and she seemed to be doing well.
“Last time I heard from her, she was in pretty good spirits,” Priestley revealed.
“Shannen’s a real tough girl, and Shannen’s a fighter, and she’s always been a fighter,” he said. “And I know that she will continue to fight as hard as she can.”
Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She went into remission three years ago but announced in February that her cancer had progressed to stage 4.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways,” Doherty said on Good Morning America at the time. “I definitely have days where I say, why me? And then I go, well, why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this? None of us do.”
In the past, Doherty has been open about her cancer battle and shared many updates to social media but this time around she kept the news private so that she could continue working on the “90210” reboot. She said she wanted to prove that people with stage 4 cancer could still work and live normal lives.
“Like, you know, our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do,” she said.
The actress added that she drew a lot of strength from “90210” co-star Brian Austin Green, who would regularly check in and provide her with emotional support.
“So, prior to shooting he would always call me and say, ‘Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.’ He would look at me and be like, ‘We got this, kiddo,'” Doherty said. “Brian helped me through a lot.”
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