Criss Angel Shaves 5-Year-Old Son Johnny’s Head After Cancer Relapse

Criss Angel‘s son is back in the hospital.

The 52-year-old illusionist took to Instagram on Thursday to share pics of himself in a hospital bed with his 5-year-old son, Johnny, as the tot underwent chemotherapy treatment. Johnny was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October 2015 and initially went into remission in June 2016. In a statement to ET earlier this month, though, Angel revealedthat Johnny’s cancer had returned.

“Back today for a long day of chemo,” Angel captioned the photos.

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Back today for a long day of chemo… @cure4thekids

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Angel also shared photos of Johnny shirtless and hooked up to machines on his Instagram Story, writing, “Sad! ANGRY! But we WILL get through this.”

Johnny’s mom, Shaunyl Benson, shared similar shots on her Instagram account, captioning the photos with facts about childhood cancer.

“THIS is childhood cancer. THIS is happening right now. Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. 1 in 5 of those children will not make it,” she wrote. “THIS is our son Johnny Crisstopher @crissangel he has battled for 3 years and has another 3 to go. He is only 5 years old. THIS has been his normal since he was 18 months old.”

“Today he doesn’t even want to smile because the medications make him sad and angry,” Benson continued. “It’s the day after Christmas and our day started early for a long round of chemo. Instead of planning our next year at school, we are planning our next hospital stay. THIS is happening right now.”

In another update from Angel, the entertainer revealed they have shaved Johnny’s head as treatments continue.

“I’m gonna cut Johnny Crisstopher’s hair because of his relapse that he’s been going through,” Angel says in a video posted to Instagram.

“We must embrace what we can’t control with courage, strength and forever love,” Angel captioned the clip. ” #CelebrateLife #2020.”

In Angel’s December statement to ET, he said that his family is “devastated by this unexpected news,” but added that they “believe that he will be in remission again soon.”

“He is an amazingly strong little boy, and with the support of family, friends, and my loyal fans we look forward to the day he is again in remission,” the statement read in part. “We want to thank you all for the outpouring of love, good thoughts and prayers for our amazing boy.”

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