America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon revealed that he has an autoimmune disease similar to lupus. He told PEOPLE: “They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is – like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it.”
Nick was hospitalized in January for mild kidney failure and then one a week later for blood clots in his lungs. He has already resigned from his radio job in New York to take care of his health. He will still be hosting AGT.
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Cannon, who stepped down from his New York-based radio show in February to continue his recovery, said doctors have told him his kidney condition is “something I’m going to be living with all my life.”
He also revealed that the kidney disease was a result of an “autoimmune disease that [doctors] found in my system,” and his blood clots were directly connected to his kidney infection.
“It’s a lot of stuff,” said Cannon, “but it’s all in order now.”
When asked by PEOPLE if his condition was hereditary, Cannon said, “They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is – like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it.”
For now, Cannon is just focusing on getting better – as well as on his young family with wife Mariah Carey.
“I feel blessed to be alive,” Cannon said. “If it wasn’t discovered, I don’t know [what would have happened].”