We send our heartfelt condolences to him and his family.
Nick Cannon revealed the sad news on “The Nick Cannon Show” on Tuesday, informing his audience that his 5-month-old son, Zen, who was born earlier this year, with model Alyssa Scott, had died from brain tumor.
“Today is a special one y’all for many reasons but it’s not gonna be an easy one. I haven’t even shared this with anybody, not even the crew,” his statement began. “I had a very tough weekend.”
When Zen, his seventh kid, was two months old, they brought him to the doctor because his head appeared enormous. “He had this real interesting breathing and by the time he was two months old I noticed…he had this nice sized head, I called it a Cannon head. “
“We didn’t think anything of it, he had a normal Cannon head. But I wanted to take him to the doctor to get the breathing and the sinus thing checked out,” he continued. “We thought it would be a routine process.”
Zen’s physicians detected fluid in his skull as well as a cancerous tumor that necessitated brain surgery. The baby then underwent surgery and a shunt to drain the fluid from his head after that. “We were faithful and hopeful for that time. We carried on, he was still just playing with his brothers and sisters, I embraced every moment,” he added.
“Zen’s mom, Alyssa, was just the strongest woman I’ve ever seen. Never had an argument, never was angry. Was emotional when she needed to be but always the best mom, and continues to be the best mom…”
However, Zen’s health deteriorated around Thanksgiving as the “tumor began to grow a lot faster.” He immediately flew out to Los Angeles to be with Zen and Scott.
“This weekend I made a valid effort to spend the most quality time I could spend with Zen. We woke up on Sunday … and [went] to the ocean … and then I had to fly back to New York for the show,” he shared as he breaks down in tears. “By the time I got in the car and was headed to the airport, I had to turn around.”
“I didn’t know how I was gonna handle today but I just really wanted to grieve with my family, people who love you,” he painfully said to the audience of his show. “I didn’t want to make it about any pageantry so I kind of went back and forth of what I should do but I was always taught, you go through it you grow through it, you keep pushing.”
“I’m here to show that I can fight through this, I’m feeling it, I’m vulnerable, I’m open. this is a special show dedicated to my beautiful son Zen.”
Reactions to Nick Cannon’s 5-month-old son, Zen, Dead From Brain Cancer
Oh my goodness…. this is so sad! Sending my love, thoughts & prayers to Nick Cannon and Alyssa Scott for the loss of their 5-month-old son, Zen, who recently passed away from brain cancer. Surrounding the family with love and prayers. ❤️🕊🙏🏾 #RIP pic.twitter.com/xGEvpLuaxK— Anthony Buchanan (@anthonyscountry) December 7, 2021