When recording The Nick Cannon Show Tuesday – which Cannon called a “celebration of life” – the former America has talent The host told the audience that her baby died last weekend of complications from a brain tumor. “This is a special show dedicated to my stepson, Zen,” the actor said.
Cannon’s son had a condition called hydrocephalus. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, hydrocephalus occurs when fluid builds up in the brain cavities, causing them to widen and put pressure on brain tissue.
Zen was born in June 2021. About two months later, Cannon and his partner Alyssa Scott took their son to the doctor after noticing his head was enlarged and his breathing irregular. The assessment made it possible to diagnose a malignant tumor.
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Although Cannon’s son had surgery to insert a shunt – allowing the fluid buildup caused by the tumor to drain – his condition deteriorated over the American Thanksgiving weekend.
On Sunday, Cannon said he and Scott took their son to the ocean in California and Cannon was holding him “for the last time.”
“I didn’t know how I was going to handle today,” Cannon told the audience. “But I wanted to mourn with my family. “
Cannon has seven children, including six-month-old twins Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir, four-year-old son Golden, 11-month-old daughter Powerful Queen, and 10-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. After her announcement, Cannon invited therapist Dr. Laura Berman to her show to discuss the grieving of a child.