For the record: Kyle Massey does not have cancer.
The young actor was victim of a hoax yesterday after a rumor saying the former Dancing With the Stars contestant was terminally ill began picking up on Twitter.
"Kyle Massey is not dying from cancer and does not have cancer," his rep told E! News. "This is a very serious disease and he's upset that someone would make light of such a serious subject. He has been affected personally from the disease as he has had family members who have passed away from cancer."
Massey also wanted to address what he called a "classless" hoax, telling E! News in a statement, "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 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!
He continued, "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."
The actor was recently in Tanzania Greetings from 14 thousand feet! climbing the largest free standing mountain in the WORLD! Mount Kilimanjaro!!!!!" he wrote with an Instagram photo.Mount Kilimanjaro. "
Yep, looks pretty healthy to us.
—Reporting by Marcus Mulick