Kyle Massey was forced to fight a hoax that he was dying of cancer after the subject trended on Twitter.
The former child actor, now 21, sent a statement to Entertainment Tonight to let fans now he was not dying of cancer as the hoax claimed.
He writes, "Overnight, 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."
Massey went on to call the hoax "hurtful," as he has dealt with cancer in his family. "Cancer is a disease that is very personal to me and my family. I have had two 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!"
Massey went on to note this particular weekend was not the weekend to mess with Massey. "My team and I are making every attempt to find out the original source of this story, because it's just not cool. This hoax is just plain classless! Especially in light of the various tragedies happening this weekend and the Trayvon Martin verdict."
Massey took advantage of the news from the hoax to plug some hospitals and charities. "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."