Nick Cannon’s The youngest child died on Sunday The TV personality revealed on Tuesday after battling brain cancer.
The 41-year-old host breaks out in tears as she announces her 5-month-old baby boy son’s death Dedicating Tuesday’s episode to “The Nick Cannon Show,” His “beautiful son Zen.” Canon shares Zen with model Alyssa Scott.
“Over the weekend I lost my youngest son to a condition called hydrocephalus, which was a malignant, aggressive midline brain tumor, brain cancer,” Cannon said. “This is difficult.”
Hydrocephalus is “a buildup of fluid in the cavities (ventricles) deep within the brain,” according to Mayo Clinic, Excess fluid puts pressure on the brain and “can damage brain tissue and cause a number of brain problems.”
Cannon said her son was about 2 months old when he noticed that the newborn was having some breathing problem, which he initially attributed to the newborn’s sinuses. Doctors told the host that fluid had built up in Zen’s head, and the child was eventually diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
“Immediately we had to have surgery,” Cannon said.
After subsequent surgeries and procedures, Cannon said Jane’s condition changed around Thanksgiving and the baby’s tumor began to grow rapidly. The actor said that his son succumbed to his illness on Sunday, but that time they saw the sunrise together that morning.
“This weekend I made a legitimate effort to spend the most quality time I can with Zen,” Cannon said. “Holding my son for the last time, it was a beautiful setting.”
“Usually on Sundays I handle whatever I need to handle with the family and then I fly to New York so I can be here (for the show),” Cannon said. “By the time I got in the car and was on my way to the airport, I had to turn.”
“We not only saw the sunrise, but also the sunset,” he said.
Zane, whom Canon shares with model Alyssa Scott, is the youngest of Canon’s children. He shares his eldest children, 10-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe, with Mariah Carey.
“I didn’t know how I was going to handle today, but I really wanted to grieve with my family,” Cannon said, pointing to his studio audience.“I prayed for the miracle of God’s power, and that’s why I am here with you today.”