Nick Cannon, an American actor and TV personality, has lost his youngest child, Zen, to the cold hands of death.
Zen, a 5-month-old boy, died of brain cancer, according to the actor, who revealed this on The Nick Cannon Show.
Zen was born in June to Cannon and Alyssa Scott, making him Cannon’s seventh child. On his show, the father of seven shared, through tears, how he and his family discovered Zen was suffering from Hydrocephalus, a type of brain cancer.
“I always noticed he had a cough and so I wanted to check it out. 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.”
The family soon discovered it wasn’t going to be a routine visit as Zen had fluid building in his head and it was a malignant tumor. The baby had brain surgery and a shunt to drain the fluid. Things however took a turn for the worse at Thanksgiving.
“This weekend I made an effort to spend the most quality time with Zen. 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,” he shared, breaking down in tears. “I got a call on my way to the airport to head back to Zen.”
The TV personality tearfully revealed he held his son for the last time this weekend. “You can’t heal until you feel,” he told the audience, adding that he’s at work so soon after because this is all he knows, calling the episode a “celebration of life” for Zen.
Zen was the 4th of Nick’s kids born in the last year and a half, twins Zillion and Zion were born in June and his daughter, Powerful, last December.