Nick Cannon revealed on his self-titled talk show Tuesday morning that his five-month-old, Zen, passed away from brain cancer.
The actor and music artist cried as he explained his son’s battle with a form of brain cancer known as hydrocephalus. Cannon said he took Zen to the doctor after noticing his son had an interesting cough and breathing.
“I always noticed he had a cough and so I wanted to check it out,” the 41-year-old said. “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 Zen’s mother, Alyssa Scott, were later informed that their child had fluid building in his brain due to a malignant tumor. Zen underwent surgery to drain the fluid, but his health took a turn for the worst around Thanksgiving. Cannon described flying to Los Angeles to be with Alyssa and their son during his final moments.
“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,” Cannon said before breaking down. “I got a call on my way to the airport to head back to Zen.”
Cannon said this past weekend was the last time he held his son and called Tuesday morning’s episode a “celebration of life” for Zen. Nick Cannon and Alyssa Scott welcomed Zen in July. He was Nick Cannon’s seventh child.