Nick Cannon gets tattoo of his late son Zen as an angel on his rib cage days after his passing

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Nick Cannon debuted a new inking dedicated to his late son Zen who tragically died of a brain tumor last weekend. 

The 41-year-old TV personality revealed a tattoo of his five-month-old son depicted as an angel on his left rib cage, on the Friday episode of his syndicated talk show Nick Cannon Show

Cannon shared his seventh and youngest child with former model flame Alyssa Scott, 28, and had revealed the terrible news of the infant’s passing on Tuesday December 7. 

In his honor: The 41-year-old TV personality revealed a tattoo of his late five-month-old son depicted as an angel on his left rib cage, on the Friday episode of his Nick Cannon Show 

Close up: 'I got the opportunity to actually go and get a tattoo of my son Zen as angel on my rib,' he told his studio audience, while showing off the portrait of his tiny son with a halo, wings and a sash

Close up: ‘I got the opportunity to actually go and get a tattoo of my son Zen as angel on my rib,’ he told his studio audience, while showing off the portrait of his tiny son with a halo, wings and a sash

Gone too soon: Nick Cannon's youngest son  Zen tragically died of a brain tumor on Sunday December 5

Gone too soon: Nick Cannon’s youngest son  Zen tragically died of a brain tumor on Sunday December 5

Cannon’s tattoo showed his tiny son with a halo, wings and a sash that read ‘Zen.’  

He revealed his latest inking by first showing off a framed photo of it as his ‘pic of the day,’ before sharing it was actually a snap of his ribcage. 

‘I got the opportunity to actually go and get a tattoo of my son Zen as angel on my rib,’ he told his New York studio audience. ‘I’m still all bandaged up and it hurts, right here, right now,’ he shared.  

The Masked Singer host said the portrait took around five-and-a-half hours to do: ‘It was a lot of pain but it was so well worth it.’ 

Pic of the day: He revealed his latest inking by first showing off a framed photo of it as his 'pic of the day,' before sharing it was actually a snap of his left rib cage

Pic of the day: He revealed his latest inking by first showing off a framed photo of it as his ‘pic of the day,’ before sharing it was actually a snap of his left rib cage 

Memorable: 'I enjoyed every moment of the experience - to forever have my son, right here as my rib, right here at my side - that's my angel,' he told his studio audience

Memorable: ‘I enjoyed every moment of the experience – to forever have my son, right here as my rib, right here at my side – that’s my angel,’ he told his studio audience

 ‘I enjoyed every moment of the experience. To forever have my son, right here as my rib, right here at my side. That’s my angel.’

From there he rolled a video of him at the tattoo parlor which showed the process from conception, to stencil, to it being placed on his body. 

Nick had emotionally shared earlier this week that he and Scott’s son Zen passed away on Sunday, December 5 following a battle with brain cancer.

‘Today is a special one y’all for many reasons but it’s not gonna be an easy one. I haven’t even shared this with anybody, not even the crew,’ Cannon began before revealing the news of Zen’s death. ‘I had a very tough weekend.’  

The process: From there he rolled a video of him at the tattoo parlor which showed the process which he said took nearly six hours

The process: From there he rolled a video of him at the tattoo parlor which showed the process which he said took nearly six hours 

Stenciled: The video showed the ink's conception and to stencil before it was placed on his body

Stenciled: The video showed the ink’s conception and to stencil before it was placed on his body

Preparations: In a grab the tattoo artist was seen placing it on his body

 Preparations: In a grab the tattoo artist was seen placing it on his body 

Painful process: 'It was a lot of pain but it was so well worth it,' he explained on the Friday episode

Painful process: ‘It was a lot of pain but it was so well worth it,’ he explained on the Friday episode 

Teary-eyed and choked up, he told his studio audience on December 7 that Zen died after previously suffering from hydrocephalus — a condition where fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain causing the head to increase in size and ultimately putting pressure on the brain. 

Cannon said that the tumor developed quickly around Thanksgiving and that he spent an emotional last weekend with both Zen and Alyssa in Orange County, California where he held him by the beach. 

He explained on the show that issues with his infant — born in June — first began when he was about two-months-old as they noticed his head seemed large and they also thought he had a sinus issue. 

‘We didn’t think anything of it. But I wanted to take him to the doctor for his sinus and breathing. We thought it would be routine.’ 

Final moments: Cannon said that the tumor developed quickly around Thanksgiving and that he spent an emotional last weekend with both Zen and Alyssa in Orange County, California where he held him by the beach

Final moments: Cannon said that the tumor developed quickly around Thanksgiving and that he spent an emotional last weekend with both Zen and Alyssa in Orange County, California where he held him by the beach 

Tough road: He explained on the show that issues with his infant — born in June — first began when he was about two-months-old as they noticed his head seemed large before it was revealed he had to have brain surgery and a shunt put in place to drain the fluid

Tough road: He explained on the show that issues with his infant — born in June — first began when he was about two-months-old as they noticed his head seemed large before it was revealed he had to have brain surgery and a shunt put in place to drain the fluid 

Following the check-up Zen underwent brain surgery and a shunt was placed to help drain the fluid down, but things ultimately took a toll for the worst. 

‘I’m here to show that I can fight through this, I’m feeling it, I’m vulnerable, I’m open,’ he said, and continued to film the next day.  

‘I’m grieving. I feel guilty for so many levels. I never wanted to exploit this. I kept it private for so long since I found out about Zen’s diagnosis in respect to his mother Alyssa and to everyone in our family,’ he shared on December 8.  

Zen was the fourth of Nick’s children born within the past year and a half, additionally welcoming twins Zillion and Zion born in June with current partner Abby de la Rosa, and daughter Powerful in December 2020 with Brittany Bell.  

Heartbroken: Teary-eyed and choked up, he told his studio audience on December 7 that Zen had died after stating 'I had a very tough weekend' and added that he fought to spend as much 'quality time' with both the infant and his baby mama on his final weekend

Heartbroken: Teary-eyed and choked up, he told his studio audience on December 7 that Zen had died after stating ‘I had a very tough weekend’ and added that he fought to spend as much ‘quality time’ with both the infant and his baby mama on his final weekend 

 

  



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