"My Sweet Zen"

Alyssa Scott shared a touching tribute to her and Nick Cannon’s late son, Zen Cannon, on Wednesday (Dec. 8). The bereaved mother shared a beautiful video collage along with a message to her son that was nothing short of precious.


“Oh, my sweet Zen,” Alyssa began her open letter. “The soreness I felt in my arm from holding you is slowly fading away. It’s a painful reminder that you are no longer here,” Scott wrote to her late son. “I caught myself looking in the backseat as I was driving only to see the mirror no longer reflecting your perfect face back at me. When I close a door too loudly I hold my breath and wince knowing a soft cry will shortly follow. It doesn’t come. The silence is deafening.”

Zen Cannon passed away on December 5, 2021, from brain cancer. Nick Cannon shared the sad news of his son’s death with his talk show viewers along with the story of how he and Alyssa discovered Zen had developed a brain tumor.

“I always noticed, to me, he had like a little sinus thing, like a little cough,” Nick told his supporters. “He had this interesting breathing and by the time he was two months, I noticed he had this nice sized head too — a Cannon head,” the celebrity father shared. “We didn’t think anything of it,” Nick said regarding the size of Zen’s head. “But I wanted to take him to the doctor for his sinus and breathing. We thought it would be routine.”

As it turned out, the size of Zen’s head, as well as the persistent cough, were signs of Hydrocephalus, which is a form of brain cancer that places excessive pressure on the brain by causing fluid to build in the cavities. Zen underwent surgery to drain the fluid. The tumor, however, began to grow at an aggressive rate around Thanksgiving.

“These last 5 months we have been in this race together,” Alyssa wrote to her son on Wednesday night. “We would hand the baton off to each other,” the celebrity mom said. “You kept me going. It would be the middle of the night and you would smile at me. A surge of energy would fill my body and pure joy would radiate from within me. We were a team, both determined to see it through. It feels unbearable running without you now.”

“And in this moment I feel myself being carried. By your sister… By God. By complete strangers encouraging me to not give up. It has been an honor and privilege being your mommy. I will love you for eternity.”

Photo: Alyssa Scott/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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