Nick Cannon has revealed that his ongoing health issues, including kidney failure and blood clots in his lungs, are the result of an "autoimmune disease that [doctors] found in my system," Cannon said to People. The illness, is similar to lupus -- which is a long-term autoimmune disorder that may affect the skin, joints, kidneys, brain and other organs.

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"The blood clot thing was probably the scariest because I've known people who have passed away from that. I thought I was getting better, and then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere," the 31-year-old said.

Cannon, who is married to Mariah Carey and has twins Monroe and Moroccan, said he is focused on recovering. Last month, Nick stepped down from his New York-based radio show. "I'm just trying to make sure I put my health first."

The "America's Got Talent" host explained his kidney condition is "something I'm going to be living with all my life."

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