Criss Angel reveals five-year-old son’s cancer is back after three-year battle

TV illusionist Criss Angel has revealed his five-year-old son’s cancer has returned after a previous three-year battle with a rare form of leukemia.

The 51-year-old magician – real name Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos – was seen arriving at LAX on Monday with son Johnny Crisstopher as he divulged the sad news.

‘Unfortunately he had a relapse and he is going back to the hospital on Monday,’ Criss told TMZ.

Back in January, the star spoke to DailyMailTV exclusively and revealed that Johnny Crisstopher was cancer-free after an arduous battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Sad: TV illusionist Criss Angel has revealed to TMZ on Monday his five-year-old son's cancer has returned after a previous three-year battle with a rare form of leukemia as he is seen at LAX
Adorable: Johnny Crisstopher was in good spirits as his parents are treating him to theme park trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios before he goes back to the hospital on Monday
Sad: Criss Angel revealed on Monday his son Johnny’s cancer has returned after a previous three-year battle with a rare form of leukemia. The family, seen here at LAX, are enjoying theme park trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios before the five-year-old goes back to the hospital next week
Happy times: Criss' son Johnny Crisstopher is seen here (left) along with mother Shaunyl Benson and 10-month-old brother Xristos Yanni Sarantakos at  Thanksgiving
Happy times: Criss’ son Johnny Crisstopher is seen here (left) along with mother Shaunyl Benson and 10-month-old brother Xristos Yanni Sarantakos at Thanksgiving

At the Los Angeles airport, the duo were joined by Johnny Crisstopher’s mother Shaunyl Benson and 10-month-old brother Xristos Yanni Sarantakos.

Criss was married to Shaunyl from 2015-2016 before divorcing and have yet to remarry.

Their eldest child was first diagnosed with the disease in 2015 as Angel revealed to TMZ: ‘He got diagnosed with pediatric cancer before he was two-years-old, he’s been in treatment for over three years, he’s been in remission.’

Regardless of the tough situation, Criss is hoping to not only help with his son’s second bout with cancer but also raise lots of money for pediatric cancer as he is expecting to announce a one-night only Las Vegas event.

Strong bond: Criss was married to Shaunyl from 2015-2016 before divorcing and have yet to remarry. The family are seen together last month
Strong bond: Criss was married to Shaunyl from 2015-2016 before divorcing and have yet to remarry. The family are seen together last month

He said: ‘In light of that and all these kids that suffer from pediatric cancer, we are going to try to raise $5million in one night at Planet Hollywood.’

Angel said that he will be giving out details on the gala sometime next year.

The Mindfreak star also revealed that the family are currently in LA to treat his eldest son to a great time before he has to go back into treatment including trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios theme parks.

Just 11-months ago, Angel had walked the red carpet wearing matching gold suits with Johnny Crisstopher during the opening night of his new Las Vegas residency MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood.

Tough times: The 51-year-old magician (pictured in May) said:  'Unfortunately he had a relapse and he is going back to the hospital on Monday'
Tough times: The 51-year-old magician (pictured in May) said: ‘Unfortunately he had a relapse and he is going back to the hospital on Monday’
Nice gesture: Criss - pictured with girlfriend Shaunyl and their two sons - is planning to raise lots of money for pediatric cancer as he will be announcing a one-night only Las Vegas event in hopes of raising $5million
Nice gesture: Criss – pictured with girlfriend Shaunyl and their two sons – is planning to raise lots of money for pediatric cancer as he will be announcing a one-night only Las Vegas event in hopes of raising $5million

It was there where he disclosed exclusively to DailyMailTV that his son was cancer free.

‘God willing, after three years of treatment, Johnny’s last chemo treatment was about a month ago,’ Angel said at the time.

The master magician announced he is planning to release a film about beating the potentially terminal condition to raise awareness about child cancer.

Family first: Criss Angel walked the red carpet with Shaunyl - who was pregnant at the time - and Johnny Crisstopher in Las Vegas in January where he revealed his son has overcome a three-year battle with lymphoblastic leukemia
Family first: Criss Angel walked the red carpet with Shaunyl – who was pregnant at the time – and Johnny Crisstopher in Las Vegas in January where he revealed his son has overcome a three-year battle with lymphoblastic leukemia
Tough times: Criss and Johnny Chrisstopher seen together
Tough times: Criss and Johnny Chrisstopher seen together
Big get: The famed illusionist spoke to DailyMailTV during opening night of his new Las Vegas residency MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood
Big get: The famed illusionist spoke to DailyMailTV during opening night of his new Las Vegas residency MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood

‘We are working very hard right now to release a documentary called, 1095, and 100 per cent of proceeds are going to go children’s pediatric research and treatment,’ he said.

‘And this is our trials and tribulations of dealing with pediatric cancer in our own family so that other people, other parents, that hear that horrible news that your son or daughter has cancer, they know that they are not alone. They know that their anger, their frustration, that their feelings are not in vain.

‘We went through it and we want to share it with the world so that other people don’t have to be alone and they can have the support that they need and we can raise awareness for pediatric cancer, and dollars so that one day it can make it poof, disappear.’

1095 represents the number of days that Angel’s son had to undergo chemotherapy radiation treatments.

Angel, who was also accompanied by pregnant girlfriend Shaunyl Benson, praised his partner for being Johnny’s ‘hero’ for taking the tot for daily treatments, which included spinal taps and blood transfusions.

He said: ‘One child every two minutes is diagnosed with cancer and cancer is the leading cause of death among children by disease.

‘A boy goes through chemo treatments three years, a girl goes through it two years. Now I am not the hero here, this woman right over here, Shaunyl, has dealt with giving Johnny chemo treatment every single day for three years, and for her, the struggle is even more intense because she sees moment by moment, how difficult it is for someone you love, a precious little innocent child, to go through this.

After a standing ovation for his breathtaking show, Angel became emotional as he called his son up on to the stage.

Johnny told his dad: ‘I love you’ as they hugged in front of the crowd.

Angel has been a tireless advocate for treatments into curing child cancers and doing magic visits to hospital bound patients.

During his show, a short tribute video to children, who have both succumbed and survived cancer, played out to a harp cover of Twisted Sisters’ hit We’re Not Gonna Take It.

Caesars Entertainment – who own the Planet Hollywood Resort – handed Angel a $10,000 donation to his charity foundation at the end of the sold out show.

‘Cancer does not discriminate. This can affect your family. We need to save children. It happened to me and I have been working with kids since 2001. I had a child with cancer and three years battling it,’ Angel said in a moving speech.

‘You never know it if it is going to go away 100 per cent. You pray to God that it will, because you cannot understand what it feels like to see your son have spinal taps and blood transfusions and all that stuff. This $10,000 we do not take a penny out of it for expenses anytime – I fund it out of my pocket. Every single cent of this donation will go to research and treatment, so one day we can make pediatric cancer disappear.’

Angel has enjoyed over a decade at the top of the Vegas entertainment scene.

He has moved his new state-of-the-art, live immersive production to Planet Hollywood, whose creative team designed a bespoke theater for his tricks.

Angel admitted that his long term success in Sin City is about his interaction more than his magic.

‘Two things; connection and the magic of emotion. It’s not about the tricks I do, it’s about how people feel when they watch it. Not how do I do it. If you have the magic of emotion, then you truly have something that connects people together globally.’

Angel was joined by a raft of stars at the MINDFREAK official opening including Gary Oldman, The Property Brothers, Wayne Newton and Randy Couture.

Touching: Caesars Entertainment - who own the Planet Hollywood Resort - handed Angel a $10,000 donation to his charity foundation at the end of the sold out show
Touching: Caesars Entertainment – who own the Planet Hollywood Resort – handed Angel a $10,000 donation to his charity foundation at the end of the sold out show

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