Nick Cannon Opened Up About The Tragic Loss of His Son

Nick Cannon opened up the tragic loss of his five-month old son, Zen, in an emotional interview on Thursday. Cannon revealed that the brain cancer came as a shock to their family when Zen was diagnosed in August. 

Cannon described that his son’s condition got worse around Thanksgiving and he passed away on December 5th. “Was there a point where you just knew that something just wasn’t right?” host Hoda Kotb asked Cannon on “TODAY.”

“We had no idea,” Cannon replied, describing his son as “vibrant” and “calm.” He continued, “I thought maybe he had a minor sinus problem and that had nothing to do with it. That was a surprise.”

“We’re taking him in to make sure he didn’t have anything going on, or possibly fears of Covid, or something like that — then to get this news was shocking to our entire family,” Cannon said. 

The entertainer said that he felt “a lot of fear” when he was announcing his son’s death last week. “I’m so used to being upbeat and outspoken and even vulnerable at times. This was probably the most delicate and most precious thing I’ve ever had to talk about,” Cannon said, noting he wanted to open up but still be “the protector” for the rest of his family. 

When asked about how he is dealing with the loss, Cannon replied that he is taking it as his therapist says, “five minutes at a time.” The 41 year-old  added, “I’m optimistic in finding a purpose through all of the pain.”

Canon praised Zen’s mother, Alyssa Scott, saying that she is “one of the strongest individuals I’ve known.”

 “As a father, it’s painful. For a mother, who carried a beautiful child for nine months and nurtured and cared for him every single day through this process… There were so many medicines, so many trips to the hospital and the doctor,” he said. 

Cannon also revealed that he and Scott decided not to treat his son with invasive treatments such as chemotherapy because they wanted to give him “the most comfortable life.”

“We were having quality-of-life conversations,” he said. “We could have had that existence where he would’ve had to live in the hospital, hooked up to machines, for the rest of the time.”


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