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BREAKING: Nick Cannon announces youngest son dies of brain tumor


Nick Cannon announced on Tuesday that his youngest son, Zen, has died from a brain tumor.

He made the announcement on The Nick Cannon Show Tuesday morning, telling the audience his 5-month-old son passed away from Hydrocephalus, a form of brain cancer, in which fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain and increases the size of the ventricles, putting pressure on the brain.

Cannon, 41, said the tumor developed quickly around Thanksgiving, and as he broke down in tears on his show, he told how he spent this past weekend in California to share a few last moments with Zen. 

The actor said he took his son on a trip to the beach on Sunday, when Nick held Zen for the last time. He died soon after. 

Zen is Nick’s seventh child, born in June to model Alyssa Scott. 

He was the fourth 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.

The seven children are with four different women, including his ex-wife Mariah Carey, ex-girlfriend Brittany Bell, his current partner Abby de la Rosa, and model Alyssa Scott, who appeared in one of Cannon’s music videos. 

Actor Nick Cannon broke down in tears as he announced on his show Tuesday that his 5-month-old son died of a brain tumor over the weekend

He said that he and Zen’s mother, model Alyssa Scott, went to the beach with their child moments before he died

Cannon explained on his show that the issues with Zen began when he was just about 2 months old, when he and Zen’s mother, model Alyssa Scott, noticed his head seemed large and they thought he had developed a sinus issue.

‘I always noticed he had a cough and so I wanted to check it out,’ Cannon said. ‘He had this interesting breathing and by the time he was two months, 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.’

But instead, the baby had to have brain surgery and a shunt put in place to drain the fluid, but things just got worse. 

‘This weekend, I made an effort to spend the most quality time with Zen,’ Cannon told his audience.

‘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.’

Cannon then recounted how he held his son for the last time this weekend, saying: ‘You can’t heal until you feel,’ and noting that he is at work so soon after the tragedy because working in show business is all he knows.

He dubbed Tuesday’s episode a ‘celebration of life’ for Zen.

An unnamed source also told Entertainment Tonight that the talk show was originally supposed to have two tapings on Monday, including a live show.

‘Those were both unexpectedly canceled on Sunday,’ the source said, ‘and a pre-taped episode was aired on Monday instead.’ 

Zen Scott, Nick Cannon's seventh child and fourth one born within the past year and a half, was born in June, and started developing symptoms of brain cancer within two months

Zen Scott, Nick Cannon’s seventh child and fourth one born within the past year and a half, was born in June, and started developing symptoms of brain cancer within two months

Zen's head started to enlarge when he was two months old as fluids built up in his brain

Zen’s head started to enlarge when he was two months old as fluids built up in his brain

Zen is Cannon's only child with model Alyssa Scott (pictured holding Zen)

Zen is Cannon’s only child with model Alyssa Scott (pictured holding Zen) 

Alyssa Scott posted this photo of her, holding Zen, as she and her children dressed up for Halloween back in October

Alyssa Scott posted this photo of her, holding Zen, as she and her children dressed up for Halloween back in October

Cannon has seven children with four different women.

He had twins, Monroe and Moroccan Scott Cannon, with his ex-wife, Mariah Carey, on their third wedding anniversary on April 30, 2011.

Monroe received her name from Marilyn Monroe, an inspiration to singer Mariah Carey, while Moroccan, nicknamed ‘Roc’ got his name from the Moroccan decor in the apartment where Nick proposed to Mariah back in 2008.



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