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  • Nick Cannon announced the death of his 5-month-old son, Zen, Tuesday morning.
  • Cannon said Zen died of brain cancer.
  • Cannon is the father to six other living children.

Nick Cannon announced the death of his 5-month-old son, Zen, on his talk show Tuesday morning.

 

Cannon said his son, who he had with Alyssa Scott in June, had been privately fighting brain cancer and died over the weekend.

"Over the weekend I lost my youngest son to a condition called hydrocephalus that is pretty much a malignant, midline brain tumor — brain cancer," Cannon said. 

Hydrocephalus is the abnormal buildup of fluid in the brain, causing pressure. It can, in some instances, be caused by a brain tumor.

Cannon recalled taking Zen for a checkup after noticing he was coughing a lot and breathing unusually when he was about 2 months old.


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"Ultimately, it was cancer in the brain and the tumor began to grow a lot faster,” Cannon said, adding that his health had taken a turn for the worse around 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 said. “I got a call on my way to the airport to head back to Zen.”

Cannon, who choked up at times during the recording, said the episode was a "special show dedicated to my beautiful son, Zen," and that he decided to go back to work as he needed a distraction.

“You can’t heal until you feel,” Cannon said.

Cannon is the father to six other living children.


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Published on Dec 07, 2021