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Nick Cannon Loses 5-Month-Old Son, Zen, to Cancer

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A day after his alleged leaked nudes created a firestorm of thirst on social media, Nick Cannon returned to the spotlight Tuesday for a much more somber reason.

The 41-year-old television host and father of seven shared that his youngest, five-month-old Zen, had passed away from brain cancer while speaking with the studio audience of "The Nick Cannon Show."

“Over the weekend, I lost my youngest son to a condition called hydrocephalus that was pretty much a malignant, invasive midline brain tumor, brain cancer,” an emotional Cannon said. “It’s tough.”

According to Cannon, the family first suspected there might be a problem with Zen, his child with model and partner Alyssa Scott, when they observed the toddler having breathing difficulties.

“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, 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.”

Unfortunately, the diagnosis proved to be bleak.

“Ultimately, it was cancer in the brain and the tumor began to grow a lot faster,” Cannon said, before sharing that he spent this past weekend with his son in California and, "not only did we get to see the sunrise, we got to see the sunset."

He brought out fellow television host and therapist Dr. Laura Berman — who lost her son Samuel to an accidental drug overdose in February at the age of 16 — to discuss the grief of losing a child. Cannon who said, "I didn't know how I was going to handle today, but I wanted to grieve with my family," dedicated the show to Zen.


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