SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Nick Cannon’s 5-month-old son, Zen, has died of a brain tumor, he announced during his show on Tuesday.
The actor and host said they discovered Zen’s tumor over the summer after they took him to the doctor for a cough.
“He always had this real interesting breathing,” Cannon said. “We thought it would be a routine process.” Doctors let them know he also had fluid in his brain, which was a malignant tumor.
Baby Zen eventually had surgery for it, Cannon said. “We were faithful and hopeful […] I embraced every moment.”
Cannon said Zen’s mom, Alyssa, was the strongest woman he’d ever seen through the process. But over Thanksgiving, Cannon said the tumor began to grow a lot faster.
Cannon said he made sure to spend the most quality time with Zen this weekend. He held his son while the sun was rising at the beach, Cannon said, and that day was the last time he held his son.
“I didn’t know how I was going to handle today. I wanted to grieve with my family,” he said, motioning to the live audience of his show, which is taped in New York.
Watch his announcement below: