Nick Cannon speaks out after his 5-month-old son dies

Nick Cannon has spoken out about the death of his 5-month-old son, Memphis, who died after battling brain cancer for over three years. “My heart is broken! My heart is heavy!!! My heart feels…

Nick Cannon speaks out after his 5-month-old son dies

Nick Cannon has spoken out about the death of his 5-month-old son, Memphis, who died after battling brain cancer for over three years.

“My heart is broken! My heart is heavy!!! My heart feels so empty and sad,” Cannon posted on Instagram. “Thank you to everyone who prayed for him and those who expressed their condolences. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers!”

Nick Cannon sheds tears during address on kids’ health

The funeral for the child, whose grandmother is Cannon’s former girlfriend, Rhonda McMillan, was held in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.

This is not the first time the former “America’s Got Talent” host has opened up about Memphis’ illness. In July, the rapper-actor shared a video where he said that his son had been receiving “every single drug known to man to try and stop this little kid from doing nothing.”

Cannon, who is of Jamaican-American descent, revealed that Memphis had been battling cancer since October 2015 when he underwent surgery.

Memphis was born with the reproductive cancers Testicular Tourniquet tumors, Wombendone Tourniquet and Bladdermesa.

“To know that a parent has to bury a child is one of the most devastating things,” Cannon told “Entertainment Tonight” at the time. “The only thing I was able to get out of my mind was, ‘They gave him nine months.’ And I knew that … ‘Well, let me just get through nine months and we can see what we got.’ ”

Memphis was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Testicular Tourniquet, The BET founder said. The cancer causes untreatable swelling in the chest, shoulder, neck, head and chest cavity.

Because the pain caused by the tumor was getting in the way of normal birth control, Memphis underwent surgery in October 2015 to remove the tumor, TMZ reported at the time. The boy was given two to six months to live.

“He had bilateral tracheostomy holes, 3 additional holes in his neck, 2 in his back, then he had to have 28 surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation,” Cannon told “ET.”

The entertainer also said that his daughter, Monroe, was 1 at the time and his son had been diagnosed just a few months prior. He said that doctors told him that he could go either way.

“I wasn’t scared, I was angry,” he said at the time. “I’m like, ‘What is a man supposed to do at 31 years old, be in pain, trying to deal with kids, and my baby sister [that’s] going through this heavy stuff too, and you’re trying to figure out if you gonna take care of me?’ I wasn’t ready for anything like that.”

After more chemotherapy and surgery to fuse a vest and lungs in the boy’s neck, Cannon said doctors saved his life.

“The doctor took one look at me and his wife and said, ‘We’re killing him. What are you doing?’ ” he told “ET.” “You can’t get more black to me than that. I really had to kind of swallow my pride, my pride broke, my body began to question it as much as my mind was questioning it, and I had to realize that there’s a reason we’re born and death is…I still was alive. So why not take care of yourself?”

Following the diagnosis, Cannon’s now ex-wife, Mariah Carey, underwent a similar type of surgery and survived the cancer, he said.

“I started to see it as a blessing. I didn’t want to die with my son here,” he told “ET.” “And I guess that’s where my forgiveness kicks in, like ‘Am I going to be able to deal with this?’”

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