Dec. 8, 2021 -- Nick Cannon’s 5-month-old, Zen, died of brain cancer on Sunday, the TV host announced on his show on Tuesday.

Cannon dedicated the episode to his “beautiful son,” who was his seventh and youngest child. Model Alyssa Scott delivered Zen in June.

Around 2 months old, his son seemed to have “like a sinus thing, it was a cough, and I just wanted to check it out,” Cannon said.

Zen was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which is a buildup of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain. The fluid doesn’t flow or get absorbed the way it should, which can lead to blockages that put pressure on the brain and damage brain tissue.

Eventually, Zen was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, which required surgery, Cannon said.

But the tumor grew faster, despite several surgeries and procedures, and Zen’s condition worsened around Thanksgiving, he said.

Cannon reflected on the time they spent watching the sunrise at the ocean on Sunday morning.

“This weekend, I made a valid effort to spend the most quality time I could spend with Zen,” Cannon said. “Holding my son for the last time, it was a beautiful setting.”

Cannon described Zen, nicknamed “Z Chillin,” as the “most loving” child who was always smiling and had the “most beautiful spirit.”

Cannon will take time off from his show and has canceled some recordings for the week, according to Entertainment Tonight. He also thanked his viewers for support during a tough time.

“I didn’t know how I was going to handle today, but I just really wanted to grieve with my family,” he said, gesturing to the studio audience. “I prayed for the miracle of God’s strength, and that’s why I’m here with you guys today.”

Show Sources

YouTube: “A Message from Nick,” Nick Cannon, Dec. 7, 2021.

WebMD: “Hydrocephalus.”

Entertainment Tonight: “Nick Cannon’s 5-Month-Old Son Zen Dies of Brain Cancer.”

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