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Nick Cannon on his lupus nephritis: 'A lot of people have died from it'

Mariah Carey's husband Nick Cannon is coming to terms with his diagnosis of lupus nephritis and has spoken out about how the condition initially went undetected.

Although the comedian and television personality previously opened up to People magazine about his illness, he sat down with ABC's Good Morning America this week to explain the situation and revealed that "a lot of people have passed away from that":

"The technical term is lupus nephritis. It's a rare form of lupus that's just attacking my kidneys. They thought it was just kidney disease and then they were trying to figure out why my immune system was attacking my kidneys and that was sort of the root of it all."

Earlier this year, Cannon was told that he had simply suffered from kidney failure, but after doctors found blood clots in his lungs he knew it was something more serious:

"A lot of people have passed away from that and the doctor said luckily I was in such great shape and taking care of myself because a lot of people have been taken down by it."




You can watch Carey's full interview with Good Morning America from February 21 here: