Nick Cannon’s youngest son Zen has passed away from a brain tumor. The 5-Month-Old had previously suffered from hydrocephalus, in which fluids build up in the brain's cavities while increasing the size of the ventricles, putting pressure on the brain. Around Thanksgiving, Zen’s tumor eventually developed quickly.
Zen is Nick Cannon's seventh child, born in June to model Alyssa Scott.
Zen is Nick’s seventh child and had been born by his ex-flame Alyssa Scott, 28. He was the 4th of Nick’s children born within the past year and a half, with twins Zillion and Zion born in June and his daughter, named powerful, delivered last December. All the seven children are from four different women, including his ex-wife Mariah Carey, ex-GF Brittany Bell, his present GF Abby de la Rosa, and Alyssa Scott.
When at two months old, Zen developed a large head and had issues breathing.
The doctor said he had hydrocephalus which occurs when spinal fluid builds up around the brain.
Announcing Zen’s death on The Nick Cannon Show, the 41-Year-Old broke down in tears as she also revealed how he had spent the past weekend in California to share a few last moments with Zen. The actor attested he took his son on a trip to the beach on Sunday and held Zen for the last time. Soon after, he passed away.
Announcing Zen's death, Cannon, who broke down in tears, said his 5-month-old son died from a brain tumor after battling brain cancer.
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The actor revealed he spent the past weekend in California to share a few last moments with Zen, taking him to the beach.
“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, he had this nice sized head too – a Cannon's head. We didn’t think anything of it. But I wanted to take him to the doctor for his sinus and breaking. We thought it would be routine.” Cannon explained. Instead, the baby had to have brain surgery and a shunt put in place to drain the fluid; from there, Cannon shared things got worse.
As he spoke of his son's passing, Cannon shared some photos of Zen, including this one of him kissing his baby on his forehead.
via InstagramHe continued: “This weekend, I made a valid 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. I got a call on my way to the airport to head back to Zen.” The actor then recalled how he held his son, adding that: “You can’t heal until you feel.”
Cannon dubbed his Tuesday's episode of The Nick Cannon Show a 'celebration' of Zen's short life.
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Particularly, Zen started taking a turn for the worse around Thanksgiving.
Cannon has since returned to work following the tragedy because working in show business is all he knows. He dubbed the Tuesday’s episode of his show: “a celebration of life” for Zen. He also stated on the show: “I prayed for God’s strength, and that’s why I’m here today, because I know he puts the most and the heaviest weight on the shoulders of his strongest shoulders.”
Zen's mother, model Alyssa Scott pictured with Nick, had gone to the beach with their child moments before he passed away.
via InstagramHowever, a source had told Entertainment Tonight that the talk show was supposed to have two tapings on Monday, including a live show, but both were unexpectedly canceled on Sunday, and a pre-taped was aired instead. On the other hand, Hydrocephalus affects one or two of every 1000 babies born in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, about 50% of the affected patients die before three years of age and about 80% die before adulthood.
Zen Scott was the 4th of Nick's children born within the past year and a half, with twins Zillion and Zion born in June, and his daughter, Powerful, born last December.
Back in October, Alyssa had posted this photo of her, holding Zen, as she and her children dressed up for Halloween.