Nick Cannon recently revealed his son Zen tragically died of a brain tumor.
As OK! reported, The Nick Cannon Show host tearfully announced his baby boy’s passing on the Tuesday, December 7, episode of his talk show. And while both Nick and Zen's mom, Alyssa Scott, addressed their child's passing on Instagram after the heartbreaking episode, the grieving mama reportedly "didn't know" the 41-year-old was going to announce their five-month-old Zen's death on TV.
"Alyssa is a really laid back gal, she’s really behind the scenes and doesn’t like a lot of attention," Alyssa's mom, Lisa, spilled to The Sun. "So when Nick announced it she called me and she was unaware that he was going to do that on the show."
"People grieve different," Alyssa's grandmother explained, adding: "Alyssa is the type who sits back and she’ll take it all in."
Nick's father, James Cannon, 85, recently revealed how the TV personality broke the devastating news to the family, noting he gathered all of his baby mamas — sans Mariah Carey — in one room to share his loss.
The rapper welcomed twins Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir with Abby De La Rosa on June 14. Nick welcomed daughter Powerful Queen in December 2020 with Brittany Bell, with whom he also shares 4-year-old son Golden. The Wild 'N Out host is also a dad to 10-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with Mariah.
"I didn't quite understand before why he was bringing all those mothers together, all those children," James told the outlet. "That's when he explained the situation, it was a simple conversation, he said, 'This is what we're dealing with, it's tough.'"
The grieving grandpa explained, "It was a sad day, but they didn't want to make Zen's illness the focus, they wanted to spend quality time together. Alyssa was quiet, it has been very hard for her, those long nights, she's been all in. And we've all prayed. They really treasured their last moments with Zen."
Following Zen's death, Alyssa paid tribute to her late son on social media. She shared a montage of clips of the infant via Instagram, while Jhené Aiko's "Promises" played in the background. "Oh my sweet Zen. The soreness I felt in my arm from holding you is slowly fading away," the model wrote. "It’s a painful reminder that you are no longer here."