On Tuesday’s episode of The Nick Cannon Show, Nick Cannon tearfully shared that his youngest child, five-month-old son Zen, has passed away.
He shared a sweet photo of baby Zen while explaining that he was recently diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, a form of brain cancer that causes an excess of fluid build-up in the deep ventricles of the brain. Zen, who Cannon shares with Alyssa Scott, was just born in June of this year.
“I always noticed he had a cough and so I wanted to check it out,” he explained on the show. “He had this interesting breathing and by the time he was two months I noticed he had this nice sized head too—a Cannon head. We didn’t think anything of it. But I wanted to take him to the doctor for his sinus and breathing. We thought it would be routine.”
Cannon and Scott were told by doctors that Zen’s tumor was malignant. Shortly after the diagnosis, the baby underwent surgery to implement a shunt to drain the fliud.
Tragically, baby Zen’s health took a turn for the worse over Thanksgiving.
“This weekend I made an effort to spend the most quality time with Zen,” Cannon explained while growing emotional. “We woke up on Sunday and went to the ocean with him and Alyssa and then I had to fly back to New York for the show. “I got a call on my way to the airport to head back to Zen.”
He said that he held his son for the last time this past weekend. He told the live audience that he came to work this week because “this is all he knows,” and he wanted to honor Zen.
“You can’t heal until you feel,” the grieving dad says.
Entertainment Tonight reports that Cannon will be taking time off from the show following this utterly devastating loss.
We’re sending all the love in the world to Cannon, Zen’s mama, and Zen’s entire family.