Nick Cannon is honoring his son in a special way. The Wild ‘N Out host got a new tattoo honoring his late son Zen.


During the 41-year-old’s Friday episode of his daytime talk show, the actor told the audience that he got a tattoo of his late son Zen, who died at five-months-old as a result of brain cancer.

“This is a week where I’ve seen so much love. More love than I’ve probably ever experienced so even in the midst of a loss, I gotta say thank you to y’all,” he told the audience during the “Pic of the Day” segment.

“Last night, I got the opportunity to go get a tattoo of my son Zen as an angel on my rib. I’m still all bandaged up and it hurts right here right now… It was a lot of pain but it was so well worth it. I enjoyed every moment of the experience to forever have my son right here as my rib, right here on my side, as my angel.”

Photo Credit: Nick Cannon/ instagram; Bruce Glikas/WireImage/People Magazine

Zen was the seventh child of Cannon. Zen’s mother is Alyssa Scott.

Cannon said that he noticed that his son’s head seemed larger than usual; however, it was the baby’s breathing that lead them to taking the then two-month-old to the doctor. Doctors discovered that Zen had fluid building in his head and had a malignant brain tumor that required surgery. A shunt was put in to drain the fluid. Cannon and Scott remained faithful and hopeful, embracing every moment of life with their son.

“We were faithful and hopeful for that time. We carried on, he was still just playing with his brothers and sisters, I embraced every moment,” Cannon said. “Zen’s mom, Alyssa, was just the strongest woman I’ve ever seen. Never had an argument, never was angry. Was emotional when she needed to be but always the best mom, and continues to be the best mom…”

As the “tumor began to grow a lot faster,” Zen’s health took a turn for the worse, and around the Thanksgiving holiday Zen “transitioned.”

What a beautiful display of love to Cannon and Scott’s newest guardian angel, their son Zen.

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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