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Criss Angel’s new baby is an early arrival

Updated November 7, 2021 - 7:34 am

Criss Angel and Shaunyl Benson have welcomed a new addition to their Las Vegas family, albeit with an early premiere.

Ilusia Angelina Sarantakos was born Friday morning, Angel revealed on social media. It was a scramble to the hospital (not specified) from Planet Hollywood, where Wednesday, Angel had returned after a COVID-forced pause.

“Ran to the hospital early this morning where my love Shaunyl had to have an emergency C-section 35 weeks into her pregnancy,” Angel posted. Born in Benson’s eighth month of pregnancy, the baby was born weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces, is 17 inches long. At this writing, Ilusia is in NICU and reportedly the child and mother “are both resting and doing well,” according to Angel’s note and his reps.

Later Friday, the magician headliner thanked all the well-wishers and said “our amazing doctors are being very cautious & protective and she will remain in NICU for the near future. We remain positive and appreciative of your thoughts & prayers.”

The couple has two sons, 7-year-old Johnny Crisstopher Sarantakos and 2-year-old Xristos Yanni Sarantakos (all of the children using Angel’s own birth surname). Johnny Crisstopher has battled a rare form of leukemia for most of his young life.

Last month, Angel performed a straitjacket-escape stunt 100 feet above Allegiant Stadium prior to the Raiders-Bears game, as part of the NFL’s “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” initiative. The stunt took 2 minutes. Afterward, Angel said, ““I don’t care if you’re a Raiders fan, or a Bears fan, at the end of the day, cancer affects all of us.”

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