Nick Cannon’s youngest son, 5-month-old Zen, has tragically passed.
On Tuesday, Cannon announced on his daytime show, Nick Cannon, that his son had passed from brain cancer. Cannon shares the child with model Alyssa Scott. “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,” Cannon began. “I had a very tough weekend.”
Cannon continued to reveal that he and Scott took Zen to the doctor when he was 2 months old after they noticed his head seemed larger than usual. “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 said. “We thought it would be a routine process.”
At the doctors, Cannon was told that fluid was building up in Zen’s head from a malignant tumor that required brain surgery. “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,” Cannon said.
“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…”
Cannon revealed that Zen’s condition progressed for the worse around Thanksgiving and revealed that he sadly passed over the weekend. “I didn’t know how I was gonna handle today but I just really wanted to grieve with my family, people who love you. 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,” Cannon told his audience.
“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.”