06/15/2001 AT 11:00 AM EDT
A rash of rumors that Britney Spears had been killed in a car crash and that her 'N Sync boyfriend Justin Timberlake was left comatose triggered hundreds of frantic phone calls to L.A. authorities and forced Spears's publicist to issue a statement, reports Reuters. "There is no truth to the rumor circulating around the world that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were involved in a car accident on Tuesday," said Lisa Kasteler, who added that Spears, 19, and Timberlake, 20, were both in "great health" and earnestly at work on a new album (in Spears's case) and on tour with his band (Timberlake's). "Representatives for both Spears and Timberlake are looking into the situation to determine the original source of the rumor and if legal action is appropriate," said Kasteler. According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, San Jose, Calif.-based radio personalities, known as Kramer and Twitch, whose program was being broadcast in the Dallas, Texas area on KEGL-FM, spread the phony report. Kramer and Twitch credited a "source" in L.A. as giving them the scoop and said that the Cedars Sinai Medical Center there had confirmed the report, reported the Morning News. The duo also made reference to apparently nonexistent wire service reports.