BEVERLY Hills 90210 actor Jason Priestley has vowed former co-star Shannen Doherty will "continue to fight as hard as she can" in her battle with breast cancer.
The actress revealed her condition was terminal in February, and broke down in tears as she admitted her fate was a "bitter pill to swallow" after being in remission for a number of years.
Jason, who starred alongside Shannen in the hit US TV series, praised her gritty character and determined streak in an interview with Studio 10's Angela Bishop.
He told how he keeps in close contact with Shannen, 49, and when they last chatted she was "in pretty good spirits."
He added: "Shannen is a real tough girl.
"Shannen's a fighter, and she's always been a fighter, and I know she'll continue to fight as hard as she can."
Shannen played Brenda Walsh on the sitcom and told fans her breast cancer had returned, at stage four levels, earlier this year.
The Charmed actress has kept her social media fans in the loop with her diagnosis and regularly takes to her Instagram account with updates.
After breaking her tragic news, she wrote: "I want to thank all of you for your love, prayers and support.
"It’s an odd time right now and I find my feet not completely underneath me.
"To say I have stress is an understatement. To say that I’m struggling is mild. But… I believe that I will find my footing. I’ll dig deep for the inner strength I need to face it all.
"I pray I do it all with dignity and grace."
Alongside a picture of her horse riding, she concluded: "I have so much to say. So much to share. I will. For now… please know how much you all help lift me."
During a previous emotional interview with Good Morning America, Shannen admitted that she had not yet processed her diagnosis.
She continued: "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.
"But I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how — how am I going to tell my mom, my husband."
Shannen was first diagnosed with the aggressive disease back in 2015.
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