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Shannen Doherty Mourns Best Friend's Death With Tearful Tribute: 'We Were Sisters'

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By Whitney Vasquez

Shannen Doherty has lost part of her heart, announcing the death of her longtime best friend and stylist Deborah Waknin Harwin. Taking to social media on Monday, the "Beverly Hills, 90210" star revealed the devastating blow to her nearly 2 million Instagram followers. Posting several never-before-seen photos with her best friend over their almost 30-year friendship, Shannen Doherty began her heartfelt tribute saying, "Around 28 years ago when I met Deborah, she made me squeeze into very tight red patent pants. It was an instant friendship."

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Explaining how she had several firsts with Deb, the 48-year-old actress wrote, "She taught me to play backgammon. She introduced me to the island of ST. Barth which started our girl trips there. She taught me that when she dressed me, I looked better lol." She also revealed they supported each other through "divorces, tears and laughter," and were there for one another during each of their cancer diagnoses. "She radiated beauty, intelligence and goodness. She was and is wedged into my heart so deeply. We were more than best friends. We were sisters. Tied to each other by the universe, by our very essences that recognized each other instantly," she wrote.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Shows Support:

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Turning her focus to her best friend, Shannen Doherty continued, "Deb I hope you are dancing on tables again, having a tequila and shooting the shit with God." Concluding her emotional post, the star wrote, "I will so miss you. I already do. I already feel it, this part of my heart missing. Deborah Waknin Harwin I love you." Shannen Doherty's longtime friend and fellow actress Sarah Michelle Gellar shared her own words about losing their dear friend and sent support to the "90210" star. "I’m at a loss for words. @theshando there are so many things about Deborah Waknin that I love," the "Buffy" star wrote while sharing photos of the trio over the years.

Shannen Doherty's Cancer Has Returned:

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Adding that she was so young when she came to Hollywood, Sarah Michelle Gellar added, "you two were always there to guide me, keep me company, be a shoulder to lean on and teach me how to make the perfect margarita. I only hope you both know how eternally grateful I am." Ending her heartfelt goodbye she wrote, "Deb has now left us, but I know that she is still here in our hearts. I’m not sure why this lesson right now when there is already so much pain and we are already so scared, but I will try to find it." As The Blast reported, Shannen Doherty recently revealed her breast cancer is back and she was told it's stage 4.

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