Criss Angel and his wife Shaunyl Benson welcome daughter Illusia


Criss Angel and his wife Shaunyl Benson have welcomed their daughter Illusia Angelina.

The child is in the NICU after Shaunyl had to have an emergency C-section at 35 weeks along, the illusionist shared to Instagram on Friday.

The Las Vegas based Criss, 53, said his spouse, 29, is ‘resting and doing well’ after the delivery. 

The baby girl was due in December. 

A happy week: Criss Angel and his wife Shaunyl Benson have welcomed their daughter Illusia Angelina. The child is in the NICU after Shaunyl had to have an emergency C-section at 35 weeks along, the illusionist shared on Instagram on Friday. Seen with their kids in May 2019

A happy week: Criss Angel and his wife Shaunyl Benson have welcomed their daughter Illusia Angelina. The child is in the NICU after Shaunyl had to have an emergency C-section at 35 weeks along, the illusionist shared on Instagram on Friday. Seen with their kids in May 2019

They already have two sons together: Johnny Crisstopher, aged seven, and Xristos Yanni, age two. 

‘IT’S A GIRL!!! ❤️ Ran to the hospital early this morning where my love @shaunylbenson had to have an emergency C-section 35 weeks into her pregnancy,’ the illusionist shared in a clip.

He was still in the hospital.

‘She is currently in NICU. Both her and momma are resting and doing well,’ added the star.

Blessed: 'IT'S A GIRL!!! ❤️ Ran to the hospital early this morning where my love @shaunylbenson had to have an emergency C-section 35 weeks into her pregnancy,' the illusionist shared in a clip

Blessed: ‘IT’S A GIRL!!! ❤️ Ran to the hospital early this morning where my love @shaunylbenson had to have an emergency C-section 35 weeks into her pregnancy,’ the illusionist shared in a clip

Hands-on daddy: 'She is currently in NICU. Both her and momma are resting and doing well,' added the star

Hands-on daddy: ‘She is currently in NICU. Both her and momma are resting and doing well,’ added the star

Proud: In the video he looks at his new child and says, 'Look how beautiful you are. Hi, baby! Yes, she's beautiful'

Proud: In the video he looks at his new child and says, ‘Look how beautiful you are. Hi, baby! Yes, she’s beautiful’

Sweet girl: The newborn weighed 4 lbs., 13 oz., and measured 17 inches long at birth

Sweet girl: The newborn weighed 4 lbs., 13 oz., and measured 17 inches long at birth

In the video he looks at his new child and says, ‘Look how beautiful you are. Hi, baby! Yes, she’s beautiful.’

The newborn weighed 4 lbs., 13 oz., and measured 17 inches long at birth. 

The Australian actress said on social media in July that the pregnancy caught her by surprise as it was very ‘unexpected.’

‘Baby number 3 was absolutely unexpected, thanks to you tequila!. Here’s how I told @crissangel and our family! Little girl – arriving December 2021,’ she said on social media.

Her love Angel – whose real name is Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos – added, ‘So happy for our little girl, you my love and our blessed family but I guess nothing is private I love you forever. ❤️❤️❤️❤️.’

Baby bump: 'Baby number 3 was absolutely unexpected, thanks to you tequila!. Here's how I told @crissangel and our family! Little girl - arriving December 2021,' she said on social media in July

Baby bump: ‘Baby number 3 was absolutely unexpected, thanks to you tequila!. Here’s how I told @crissangel and our family! Little girl – arriving December 2021,’ she said on social media in July

Angel first broke the news that his lady love was pregnant on Father’s Day in June.

‘+1=5 It’s a [party] … Happy Father’s Day! May everyday be as special as today. @shaunylbenson ❤️.’

In June 2020 Angel talked about his son Johnny’s incredible bravery as he battles pediatric cancer which he was diagnosed with in 2015.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Angel became emotional discussing Johnny’s courage as he attempts to beat cancer following a relapse last November 2019.

More to love: Angel first broke the news that his lady love was pregnant on Father's Day in June. '+1=5 It's a [party] ... Happy Father's Day! May everyday be as special as today. @shaunylbenson ❤️.' Seen in 2019

More to love: Angel first broke the news that his lady love was pregnant on Father’s Day in June. ‘+1=5 It’s a [party] … Happy Father’s Day! May everyday be as special as today. @shaunylbenson ❤️.’ Seen in 2019

Johnny is undergoing chemotherapy and treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation in Vegas.

Choking back tears, he revealed how the kind-hearted boy cheered up a distraught fellow patient by handing him his toy car.

Recounting the moment he told DailyMailTV: ‘Johnny Crisstopher is a very unique boy.

‘He is selfless. This happened yesterday while he was here; I haven’t told anybody this story, it’s a true story. Johnny Crisstopher was here being treated. He was in a room, Shaunyl was with him, there was a little boy who was constantly crying. Johnny looked over to Shaunyl and said, ”Mommy, why is that boy crying?” And Shaunyl said he’s probably getting treated, he’s probably scared and Johnny Crisstopher says, ”I want to give him a Hot Wheel car.”

Full house: They already have two sons together: Johnny Crisstopher, aged seven, and Xristos Yanni, age two

Full house: They already have two sons together: Johnny Crisstopher, aged seven, and Xristos Yanni, age two

‘So the nurses cleaned it off, Johnny Crisstopher brought the Hot Wheel car to the little boy that was crying, and as soon as he saw Johnny Crisstopher, and Johnny Crisstopher gave him the Hot Wheel car, honest to God, he stopped crying.’

The TV illusionist said it’s moments like that that help him feel ‘positive’ and retain his faith in his son’s recovery.

‘I truly believe with God anything is possible,’ he said, adding: ‘There is a greater purpose.’

Angel says the COVID-19 pandemic has made him even more determined to support other cancer victims, whose health is further at risk.

Their struggle: In June 2020 Angel talked about his son Johnny's incredible bravery as he battles pediatric cancer which he was diagnosed with in 2015. In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Angel became emotional discussing Johnny's courage as he attempts to beat cancer following a relapse last November 2019; seen in 2020

Their struggle: In June 2020 Angel talked about his son Johnny’s incredible bravery as he battles pediatric cancer which he was diagnosed with in 2015. In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Angel became emotional discussing Johnny’s courage as he attempts to beat cancer following a relapse last November 2019; seen in 2020

And he insists his family’s challenges have made him ‘appreciate the moment you are in, even if it is during a crisis.’

‘I cannot be anymore proud of a six-year-old boy who sees the world that way,’ he says.

‘These kids that get affected, it has a profound effect on them. They look at things differently.

‘They don’t take things for granted. They’re in the moment and the moment is what we all have to be in and have to reflect on because we don’t know if we’re going to have the next moment.’

In May, Benson paid tribute to Johnny on Instagram, saying, “Our little superhero, loving life everyday. He’s carefree and full of love. It’s been a weird couple of months but Johnny takes it like a superstar. Yesterday we had a long clinic visit for an immunoglobulin infusion which cut our desert stay short.’ 

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