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Nick Cannon and Alyssa Scott's five-month-old son dies after brain tumor

The TV personality confirmed the tragic news on The Nick Cannon Show on Tuesday

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Nick Cannon's five-month-old son Zen has died of a brain tumor.

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The TV personality confirmed the tragic news on The Nick Cannon Show on Tuesday morning; "Over the weekend I lost my youngest son to a condition called hydrocephalus that is pretty much a malignant, midline brain tumor – brain cancer," he shared.

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The 41-year-old revealed the tumor developed quickly around Thanksgiving, and he broke down in tears as he shared that the pair went to the beach on Sunday where he held him for the last time.

"I wanted to make sure I allowed the sun to rise and hold my son, and holding my son for the last time... it was a beautiful setting to spend that whole day," he shared.

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"I haven't shared this news with anyone, not even the crew," Nick began, showing a picture of Zen as his pic-of-the-day.

"My youngest son, Zen Scott Canyon, right there," he said before becoming overcome with emotion.  He then told the story of how they dicovered his illness and how he spent Sunday with his son at the beach.


Nick broke down in tears

Zen's mother, model Alyssa Scott, and Nick had noticed his head seemed large and they thought he had developed a sinus issue.

However, fluid had built up in Zen's head, and doctors discovered a tumor that required immediate surgery but the baby took a turn for the worse two weeks ago.

Alyssa also took to social media to pay tribute, posting several videos of her son, In one she says: "Can you say good morning, Daddy? You say, I love you."

"[She’s] the strongest woman I’ve ever seen," Nick continued, speaing of Alyssa. "We never had an argument. She was emotional when she needed to be but always was the best mom and continues to be the best mom."

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Nick with Zen

Zen is Nick's seventh child and the first of four to be born in the last 12 months; twins Zillion and Zion were born in June, and his daughter, Powerful, was born last December.

On the episode on Tuesday The Masked Singer host reflected his late son, adding: "He was the most loving. We called him Z Chilling. He was always smiling. He had the most beautiful spirit."

Nick is father to seven children, including Golden who was born in February 2017 and 10-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with ex-wife Mariah Carey 

Mariah and Nick announced their split in 2014, but their divorce was only finalised in 2017.

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