Nick Cannon announced Tuesday that his 5-month-old son Zen died of a brain
tumor over the weekend. The 41-year-old TV host made the tragic announcement on
“The Nick Cannon Show.” Zen was Cannon’s seventh and youngest child, born in June
with Alyssa Scott.
NSL LEARNT: Doctors discovered a tumor and said the infant required surgery.
The former Nickelodeon star held his son for the last time during a trip to see the
ocean in California on Sunday, December 5.
The Masked Singer host noted that his and the 28-year-old model’s son went to the
doctor for what was believed to be a sinus issue when he was 2 months old. Fluid was
building up in his head, and the infant’s brain tumor required immediate surgery.
The Wild ’N Out stars welcomed their newborn in June. Zen was Cannon’s seventh
child as he also shares twins Morocco and Monroe, 10, with Mariah Carey, son
Golden, 4, and daughter Powerful, 11 months, with Brittany Bell, and twins Zillion
and Zion, 5 months, with Abby De La Rosa.
Scott has not addressed Zen’s death but did post-Instagram Story videos of the little
one on Tuesday. “Can you say, ‘Good morning, Daddy?’” she asked her baby boy in
touching footage as he cooed. “Say, ‘Bye-bye, Daddy.’ Wave bye-bye.”
The Texas native, who also has a daughter from a previous relationship, has been
“amazing” during the tragedy, Cannon gushed on Tuesday.
“[She’s] the strongest woman I’ve ever seen,” the California native said on his show.
“We never had an argument. She was emotional when she needed to be but always
was the best mom and continues to be the best mom.”
He reflected his late child’s personality, saying, “He was the most loving. We called
him Z Chilling. He was always smiling. He had the most beautiful spirit.” Cannon
subsequently dedicated the episode to Zen.