09/12/2012 17:24 GMT | Updated 08/02/2013 05:12 GMT

Twitter Storm Around Peter Andre's Ailing Brother Andrew

While Peter Andre's family gather in London at the bedside of his ailing brother, the Twitter community has, once again, shown the best and worst of people.

The Australian singer sent a message to fans two days ago that he would be postponing the rest of his UK tour, after hearing of the sudden decline in the health of his brother, Andrew, 54.

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Peter Andre with his brother Andrew in September

Peter Andre’s spokesman said: “His brother Andrew’s health has taken a turn for the worse and Peter has made the decision to be with him and his family at this time.

Many of Peter Andre's more than two million Twitter followers sent their best wishes, but the rumour also spread that Andrew Andre had died - a rumour dispelled by other fans as being "sick" and tasteless.

The singer, who is normally very chatty with his Twitter followers, has not been talking on the social network since making the statement about his tour.

Andrew was diagnosed with kidney cancer in February this year.