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Nick Cannon: Health woes due to 'lupus type' autoimmune disease

March 2, 2012 | 10:43 am

Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey and Morrocan

Nick Cannon shared a bit more about his health struggles at a DJ gig Wednesday, explaining that his kidney problems and more recent blood clots in his lungs stem from a "lupus type" autoimmune condition.

"The blood clot thing was probably the scariest," Mr. Mariah Carey told People, referring to his mid-February hospitalization, which followed kidney problems over the holidays. "I thought I was getting better, and then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere."

No one else in his family, he said, has the condition, which he described to the mag as "like a lupus type of thing."

(Lupus itself is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood and kidneys, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening.)

Cannon, who quit his daily morning radio show last month, says he's now trying to get six hours of sleep a night and is taking it easy at home.   

At the end of January, the father of twins and "America's Got Talent" host posted the video below on his personal website, explaining what he'd been through during the Christmas holidays and up to that point. In mid-February, he was hospitalized again but managed to keep the situation quiet until he was back home.

 

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Photo: Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and their son Moroccan at the BET Honors in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 14. Credit: Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press

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