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Shannen Doherty ‘fighting for life every day’ in heartbreaking cancer update

‘You guys know how much I love crying constantly.’

Former Beverly Hills 90210 star Shannen Doherty has broken down in tears at an event in the US as she talked about her stage 4 breast cancer battle.

The cast of the hit 1990s show had come together for a fan event on the September 17 when Doherty, 52, gave an update.

Towards the end of a panel at the 90s Con in Tampa, Florida, the event’s host asked how she was doing, People reported.

“I have a fight for my life that I deal with every day,” Doherty said.

“I think I am (doing) really great.”

Doherty became tearful when the audience gave her a standing ovation.

“Thank you so much,” the visibly emotional actress said.

“You guys know how much I love crying constantly.

“And I do, it seems. So thank you.”

In June 2023, Doherty revealed the cancer had spread to her brain.

The actress underwent radiation therapy and had a tumour removed from her head after a CT scan showed the cancer cells had migrated from their original location.

Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

She went into remission two years later, but the cancer had returned by 2020.

Actress Shannen Doherty told a fan audience she was fighting every day of her life against cancer.
Actress Shannen Doherty told a fan audience she was fighting every day of her life against cancer. Credit: Getty/Instagram (@theshando)

She has kept her followers informed of her treatment journey via regular messages and videos posted to Instagram.

“Our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis,” she told Good Morning America in 2020.

“We still have some living to do.”

At the September 17 panel, Doherty was joined by fellow castmates Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green.

The group talked about the show before answering fan questions, and Doherty was even able to crack a joke about her tumultuous personal life.

Cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 (Photo by mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images)
Cast of Beverly Hills, 90210 (Photo by mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images) Credit: mikel roberts/Sygma via Getty Images

Earlier this year, she split from her third husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko, after 11 years of marriage.

“My other profession is getting engaged, married and divorced, and I’m doing that very well,” she joked.

Doherty previously had two short-lived marriages to Ashley Hamilton (1993-1994) and Rick Salomon (2002-2003).

Shannen Doherty and husband Kurt Iswarienko at American Cancer Society's Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016.
Shannen Doherty and husband Kurt Iswarienko at American Cancer Society’s Giants of Science Los Angeles Gala on November 5, 2016. Credit: Vivien Killilea/WireImage

Her latest project is a podcast called Let’s Be Clear, she told the 90s Con audience.

“It’s a live interactive memoir,” Doherty shared.

“So you get to hear everything that I’ve refused to say before.

“I’m spilling the tea, but nicely!”

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