Wednesday, January 4, 2012 9:57am ET by  
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Mariah asks fans to "pray for Nick" as he suffers kidney failure

Vocal sensation Mariah Carey has taken to social networking site Twitter to tell her fans that husband Nick Cannon is in hospital suffering from kidney failure. 

The 'We Belong Together' superstar asked her 5.4 million followers to "please pray for Nick" and posted both a message and photograph to her official website (January 4) that revealed his current condition:

"This is us in the hospital - role reversal; Last year it was me attached to the machines (after having dembabies) and Nick was there with me through it, and now here we are."

"We're trying to be as festive as possible under the circumstances but please keep Nick in your thoughts because this is very painful. They tried to kick me out of the hospital but here I am pon de bed with Mr. C."

"As long as we're together, we're OK. I'm not trying to make light out of the situation because it's a serious moment that's very tough on all of us so please keep us and our family in your prayers."

Cannon is 31 years old. The couple had been holidaying in Aspen.




Watch Cannon and Carey's joint interview on 20/20 below: