#Condolences Nick Cannon Reveals the Death of His Youngest Son, Zen, on His Daytime Talk Show.
Condolences and prayers go out to actor and television star Nick Cannon after he revealed earlier today that he lost one of his children.
Cannon and Alyssa Scott welcomed Zen back in June, making him Cannon's seventh child. On his show, the father of seven tearfully shared how he and his family discovered Zen was battling Hydrocephalus, a form of brain cancer.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Hydrocephalus "is the buildup of fluid in the cavities (ventricles) deep within the brain. The excess fluid increases the size of the ventricles and puts pressure on the brain."
"I always noticed he had a cough and so I wanted to check it out," he 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."
According to Entertainment Tonight, the new parents would soon discover that the visit wasn't going to be a routine stop at the pediatrician. They learned that their little boy had fluid buildup on his brain and a malignant tumor as well. Zen had to undergo surgery to insert a shunt into his brain to drain the fluid and try to alleviate the buildup and buy the family some time.
Cannon shared that things took a turn for the worse at Thanksgiving.
"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," he shared, breaking down in tears. "I got a call on my way to the airport to head back to Zen."
Cannon then tearfully shared that he held his son for the last time this weekend. "You can't heal until you feel," he told the audience, adding that he's at work so soon after because this is all he knows, calling the episode a "celebration of life" for Zen.
Cannon is understandably taking some time off from work. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.