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    What Exactly Happened to Nick Cannon's Kidneys?

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    What really happened to Nick Cannon with his kidney failure? Is that code for something more serious?
    —Paul D., Tennessee, via the inbox

    I am trying to find a way to include the word "dembabies" in this answer, because otherwise Mariah Carey will find where I live and stand on my lawn and shriek until my front windows shatter. But I can't, so I'll just get right to the point: Probably not ...

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    And that's because of what doctors tell me.

    First, the facts: Cannon has been laid up. We know this because wife Carey has posted pictures showing him laid up, in a hospital Colorado, to be precise about it. She confirmed that Cannon is suffering from "mild kidney failure," adding, "We're trying to be as festive as possible under the circumstances but please keep Nick in your thoughts because this is very painful."

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    So what happened? Well, our own news team has learned, from a source close to the situation, that Cannon has been was sick with the flu. The kidney failure was likely an extension of the sickness.

    And that's very easy to believe, renal experts tell me.

    "People who get common illnesses—say, someone can get a fever, a viral infection or a cough or some problem with their lungs short term—they can get kidney dysfunction as a consequence or side effect," says Dr. Bryan Becker, immediate past president of the National Kidney Foundation.

    In fact, just being in Colorado could have added to Cannon's woes, I am told. After all, it's high up there.

    "Many times in Colorado people will get a little dehydrated," Becker tells me, and if you get dehydrated, yep, that can affect kidney function.

    If there's any more doubt about Cannon's condition know this: According to our news team's sources, Cannon is expected to be sprung from sick bay as early as tonight.

    And as far as he's concerned, Cannon sounds assured that everything is going to be just fine.

    "Currently being transfered to a hospital in LA. Thank you all for all your love, prayers and concern. You know me... I will be a'ight," he tweeted.

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