Jason Priestley on Shannen Doherty's Cancer Battle: "She's Going to Beat This Because She's a Fighter"

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Last week, when Shannen Doherty posted a series of photos on Instagram documenting the process of shaving her head while undergoing cancer treatment, Jason Priestley was one of those who noticed the emotional transformation.

And, like so many of her social media followers, Priestley applauded Doherty's strength. 

"I haven't spoken to her, but I've been following her like everybody else," Priestley told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday night in Studio City at the Raising the Bar to End Parkinson's benefit. "It's incredibly brave what she's doing. I know she will come out of this." 

Priestley and Doherty played twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh on the beloved TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, and while they haven't necessarily been close, the actor brushed their past aside and focused on the positive. 

"Obviously, I have a lot of love for Shannen," continued Priestley, who attended the fundraiser with his wife and young son on behalf of his good friend Michael J. Fox. "She's going to beat this because she's a fighter and she's a tough kid. She always has been. I send her nothing but love and light because I have nothing but love for Shannen."


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