Kyle Massey not dying of cancer, calls Twitter rumors 'classless' hoax

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   July 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM   |   Comments

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July 15 (UPI) -- On Saturday night, social media was abuzz with the controversial news of Florida's Trayvon Martin verdict, as well as the sudden and tragic death of "Glee" star Corey Monteith. Many Twitter users also had heard that 21-year-old "That's So Raven" star Kyle Massey had cancer.

Apparently, he doesn't.

Massey set the record straight in a lengthy statement to Entertainment Tonight, in which he called the cancer rumors "inconsiderate" and "insensitive.

"Making light of any illnesses that a person has no control over getting is not something to joke about," the actor said, adding that several people close to him had died of or were living with the disease.

Massey also retweeted this message from his brother:

Read Massey's full statement below:

Over night it was trending on Twitter that I am dying of cancer. I want to say first, 'I do not have cancer,' and I don't know where this inconsiderate and insensitive rumor originated from.

Cancer is a disease that is very personal to me and my family. I have had 2 uncles and a very dear friend who passed away in the last two years from cancer and my Granddad currently has prostate cancer and my Grandmother is currently in a nursing home because of Alzheimer's Disease...So, making light of any illnesses that a person has no control over getting is not something to joke about or make light of!

My team and I are making every attempt to find out the original source of this story because it's just not cool.

I support Children's Hospital of Los Angeles through Disney Channel and Britti Cares International in support of children with various diseases and illnesses and donate my time with pride and dignity.

This hoax is just plain classless! Especially in light of the various tragedies happening this weekend and the Trayvon Martin verdict.

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