Nick first shared the heartbreaking news of Zen’s passing during the Dec. 7 episode of his eponymous daytime talk show. According to the 41-year-old comedian, the infant had been diagnosed with a “pretty much a malignant, midline brain tumor,” and he and Alyssa took Zen to the beach as one of the final things they did as a family before his passing
Saying that he held his son “for the last time” during that outing, Nick recalled of the moment, “Not only did we get to see the sunrise, but we got to see the sunset too.”
During the Jan. 31 episode of The Nick Cannon Show, the actor announced that he was expecting a child with Bre but had previously held off on sharing the news to “respect the grieving process with Alyssa.” He explained that he felt the need to confirm the pregnancy after photos of him and Bre attending a baby shower surfaced over the weekend.
“I didn’t know what to say when I was dealing with Zen or to hold off,” Nick said. “Even right now, that it came out yesterday, that wasn’t planned to talk about it. We wanted to, you know, hold on as long as we can, but it happened. We here and I’m with my family.”