Nick Cannon Reveals Illness: I Have ‘A Lupus-Like Thing’

Mariah Carey‘s husband, Nick Cannon, has revealed why  he was hospitalized twice last year, for kidney failure and blood clots in his lungs.

“The blood clot thing was probably the scariest because I’ve known people who have passed away from that,” he told People. “I thought I was getting better and then that happened, so that kind of came out of nowhere….I’m just trying to make sure I put my health first.”

He said 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,” he said, “but it’s all in order now.”

As for his diagnosis, he said, “They kind of say [my] autoimmune [disease] is – like a lupus type of thing, but no one else in my family has it.