Zen, Nick Cannon’s 5-month-old son, died of a brain tumour almost 10 days ago. The child had previously suffered from hydrocephalus; which causes fluid buildup in the brain cavities, resulting in an increase in the size of the ventricles; according to a video from Cannon’s afternoon show ‘What’s Poppin’. As a result, the brain is put under stress.
According to Cannon, the tumour grew rapidly around Thanksgiving, and he died on December 5. Cannon claimed in a recent interview with PEOPLE that he chose not to utilise chemotherapy to treat his kid because he didn’t want his child to “suffer.”
Zen was born on June 23, 2021, to Cannon and ‘Wild ‘N Out’ model Alyssa Scott; Cannon’s fourth kid in six months. The youngest son of ‘The Masked Singer’ star Nick Cannon was born just weeks after Cannon had twin boys Zion and Zillion with DJ Abby De La Rosa. Zen had surgery to have a shunt put in so that the fluid could be emptied.
After the procedure, Cannon said their baby’s life became more difficult. Cannon stated in the new interview that he did not want to use chemotherapy to treat Zen; and that his decision was based on personal experience. The host had previously battled lupus and had to endure severe chemotherapy. “I know that pain. To see that happen to a 2-month-old I didn’t want that. I didn’t want him to suffer,” Cannon stated.
Cannon, who was delivering the heartbreaking news to his followers for the first time, stated, “Over the weekend I lost my youngest son to a condition called hydrocephalus that was pretty much a malignant, invasive mid-line brain tumour – brain cancer. It’s tough.”
“You could tell he was struggling. He was gasping for air.”
During his cover interview with PEOPLE, Mariah Carey’s ex-husband revealed, “We had a short time with a true angel. My heart is shattered. I wish I could have done more, spent more time with him, taken more pictures. I wish I could have hugged him longer”. After doctors estimated his son had a few months to a couple of years to live, Cannon revealed that they celebrated his son’s birthday every month.
The actor explained that they focused on Disneyland and every month they celebrated his birthday. That was after seeing a victory every time he had a milestone. He said this before going into detail about his son’s battles with his illness. “You could tell he was struggling. He was gasping for air. We’d wake up, and he wouldn’t be breathing for maybe five to 10 seconds at a time, and then he’d let out a huge gasp. You could see it frightened him. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced,” he explained.
The Internet has offered support to Cannon and his decision of not letting his son suffer. “It’s a heartbreaking decision to make either way. I hope people keep in mind not to judge. You never what you will do if you’re ever in that position,” a comment read.
“I side with Nick. Torturing a sweet baby by intentionally making him sick and with no guarantees…I couldn’t do it either. R.I.P. sweet boy,” another user commented. “Sometimes the right thing and the hardest thing to do are the same. Very sorry for your loss,” a third wrote.