The former “That’s So Raven” star who also participated in “Dancing with the Stars” contest was trending worldwide on Twitter a week after a series of fake rumors that he was dying of the terrible disease.
“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.”
The star himself also wanted to address what he called a “classless” hoax, telling reporters 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 asked.
Massey went on, adding: “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.”
And the star concluded his speech, saying: “This hoax is just plain classless! Especially in light of the various tragedies happening this weekend and the Trayvon Martin verdict.”
Massey spoke of the man charged with murdering Trayvon Martin who was found not guilty Saturday night.
After deliberating for more than 16 hours, the six women jurors delivered a verdict which claimed that George Zimmerman was not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter Saturday night in a case that has received national response.
During the hearings the alleged killer assured the jury that he had shot Martin to save his own life after being attacked by the teen on Feb. 26, 2012.
After a four-week series of hearing and testimony, more than a dozen witnesses and a host of controversy, Zimmerman walked out of court a free man.
Today Justice Department announced that it is looking into Trayvon Martin’s case to determine whether federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
In a statement Sunday, the Justice Department announced that the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida keep on evaluating the evidence generated during the federal investigation, in addition to the evidence and testimony from the state trial.
The statement said that, in the government’s words, “experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation.”