A Season of Sorrow for Nick Cannon After He Loses His 5-Month-Old Son to Brain Cancer

Pray for the Cannon family as they deal with a devastating loss.

By Nancy Flory Published on December 9, 2021

The Christmas Season is usually filled with joy, but it can also be a season of sorrow. On Monday, TV host, singer and actor Nick Cannon shared the terrible news he has lost his 5-month-old baby boy to brain cancer. 

In a YouTube video of The Nick Cannon Show, Cannon said son Zen seemed a healthy infant after his birth in June. However, Zen had what Cannon described as “a sinus thing.” “We thought it would be a routine process, and we went in just to check his sinuses.” Instead, the baby was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. 

Faith brought Cannon through the toughest days. “I have so much faith in the Lord. I have so much faith in God,” he said, “I prayed for the miracle of God’s strength.”

He added that “We were hoping for the best. … We were faithful and hopeful for that time.”

Around Thanksgiving, the baby’s condition worsened rapidly. “And the tumor began to grow a lot faster.” Cannon held his son “for the last time” Sunday during a trip to the beach. He “embraced every moment” with his baby boy. Cannon thanked the hospital staff and family members for their support and love.

Cannon called Tuesday’s episode of his show a “celebration of life for Zen,” declaring “I’m here to show that I can fight through this.”





Please Pray for the Cannon family as they mourn the loss of their baby boy.


Nancy Flory, Ph.D., is an associate editor at The Stream. You can follow her @NancyFlory3, and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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