Most celebrities just ignore the various death rumors that pop up from time to time. Not former That's So Raven star Kyle Massey. The actor is fuming over the rumors that he's at death's door because of cancer — and he wants to find out who started the ridiculous rumor.
"Overnight, it was trending on Twitter that I am dying of cancer," Massey tells Entertainment Tonight in a statement. "I want to say first, 'I do not have cancer,' and I don't know where this inconsiderate and insensitive rumor originated from."
The Dancing With the Stars runner-up added that it's especially hurtful, given that people very close to him are suffering from the devastating disease right now.
"Cancer is a disease that is very personal to me and my family," he adds. "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!"
The Disney Channel star — who works with the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and BrittiCares International in various charitable capacities — is also working to figure out who started the story.
"My team and I are making every attempt to find out the original source of this story, because it's just not cool," he notes, adding that it's especially offensive "in light of the various tragedies happening this weekend and the Trayvon Martin verdict."
We're assuming the "various tragedies" he refers to includes the sad death of Glee star Cory Monteith on Saturday.
"This hoax is just plain classless!" he adds.
We totally agree, Kyle.