Kyle Massey, the former Disney star and rapper, was the target of a cancer rumor on Twitter over the weekend. Massey, attempting to clear the air, released a lengthy statement that, in addition to denying the rumor, chastised whomever started it.

“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," he told Entertainment Tonight in a statement.

Massey, 21, went on to reveal that he’s no stranger to the tragedies of cancer. Not only has he apparently lost two uncles and a close friend to the disease recently, but his grandfather is currently battling prostate cancer. "Cancer is a disease that is very personal to me and my family," Massey wrote. “Making light of any illnesses that a person has no control over getting is not something to joke about or make light of!"

Massey further stated, "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."

The Dancing With the Stars alumnus works with the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Britti Cares International, which helps children survive the challenges of cancer.

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