Jason Priestley 'Heartbroken' Over Shannen Doherty's Stage IV Cancer Diagnosis


Jason Priestley is supporting his dear friend Shannen Doherty following her revelation that her breast cancer had returned after years in remission.

“I reached out to her yesterday when the news broke,” Priestley told People at the Monte Carlo Television Festival earlier this week.

“She’s overwhelmed with well wishers and with people reaching out to her. I haven’t heard back from her yet, but I’m sure that I will very soon.”

Priestley and Doherty have a lifelong bond having played twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh on the iconic '90s series “Beverly Hills, 90210.” The pair reunited last year for the Fox reboot “BH92010.”

“Shannen was a big part of my life,” he added. “Shannen and I will always have a bond that is very meaningful. I’m very heartbroken about the news and I wish her and her family the best in this very difficult time.”

On Tuesday, the 48-year-old actress disclosed that she had been diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer after being in remission for three years. Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I am stage 4. So my cancer came back. And that’s why I am here,” she said on “Good Morning America.” “I don't think I've processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways."

Following the announcement, Doherty took to Instagram to share an image of Charlie Brown sitting alongside Snoopy. In the pic, a caption bubble over Charlie Brown reads, “We only live once, Snoopy.” While the caption above Snoopy reads, “Wrong! We only die once. We live every day!”

Doherty didn’t include a personal caption, but many of her celebrity friends sent words of encouragement in the comments.

“Sending you healing vibes, continued strength and so much love,” wrote fellow “90210” co-star Tori Spelling.

“Beautifully said, my beautiful friend,” added Sarah Michelle Gellar.

“You are lighting up the path. You are loved,” responded Selma Blair.

Doherty’s ex-husband Rick Salomon also reached out by writing, “love you.”

Despite the diagnosis, Doherty is remaining positive and added, “Our life doesn't end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do."

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