Last week, Nick Cannon shared the shocking news that his 5-month-old son Zen Scott Cannon has died after battling brain cancer. He openly stated his loss on his talk show. Now he’s open to People about the heartbreaking situation as he talks about his son’s last days, making decisions about his son’s treatment, and more.
As previously reported, at 2 months of age Zen was diagnosed with high-grade glioma, a rare and aggressive form of brain tumor. Things got worse around Thanksgiving when the tumor in Zen’s head began to grow faster. Nick previously mentioned that doctors place a shunt in his skull to drain the access fluid and relieve pressure. There have been discussions about various treatment options, including chemotherapy. However, Nick and Alyssa decided not to pursue any further invasive procedures as they worked to make their son “as happy as possible”.
Nick said, “We could have had this life that he would have had to live in the hospital for the rest of the time, hooked up to machines. I know this pain from someone who has had chemotherapy before. I didn’t want to see that with a 2 month old kid. I didn’t want him to suffer. “
Instead, Nick and Alyssa focused on making their son happy by taking him to Disneyland, celebrating his birthday every month, and celebrating every milestone he had.
Nick previously announced that he and Alyssa took Baby Zen to the beach to watch the sunrise before he died. Nick said, “It was like, ‘We have to watch the sunrise and be with him one last time.’ It was wonderful.” Unfortunately, Zen passed away on December 5th with Alyssa and Nick right by his side.
As before reported, Nick recently shared his new tattoo in honor of Zen.
Alyssa also paid tribute to her son, saying, “Oh my sweet zen. The pain I felt in my arm from holding you is slowly subsiding. It is a painful reminder that you are no longer here. I found myself looking in the back seat as I drove, only to see the mirror no longer reflecting your perfect face towards me. If I close a door too loudly, I hold my breath and flinch, knowing that a low scream will follow shortly. It doesn’t come. The silence is deafening. We have been in this race together for the past 5 months. We’d give each other the baton. You kept me going. “
We continue to uphold Nick, Alyssa, and their families in prayer.
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