‘MasterChef Junior’ Ben Watkins Dies From Cancer
Written by BET on November 17, 2020
Ben Watkins, a preferred contestant on the Fox present MasterChef Junior, has reportedly died. He was 14 years outdated.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Watkins handed away on Monday (November 16) after fighting a uncommon type of most cancers for a 12 months and a half. Tragically, his dying comes three years after each his dad and mom had been killed in a home violence incident.
Watkins competed on season six of MasterChef Junior, which aired from March to Could of 2018. At solely 10 years outdated, he reached the highest 6.
On Monday, Ben’s uncle Anthony Edwards and grandmother Donna Edwards issued a joint assertion over their loss.
“After shedding each his dad and mom in September 2017, now we have marveled at Ben’s power, braveness and love for all times,” the assertion, which was shared on a GoFundMe page, reads.
“He by no means, ever complained. Ben was and can all the time be the strongest individual we all know.”
As of Tuesday night time, the crowdfunding marketing campaign has raised $194,000 of its $300,000 aim.
Days prior his 13th birthday in 2019, Ben was recognized with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma. The illness is one the place a delicate tissue tumor happens and builds. It solely occurs amongst a small variety of youngsters and younger adults.
“When Ben’s uncommon sickness was shared with the world, he was so heartened by the outpouring of affection he obtained from each nook of the globe — particularly right here in his hometown of Gary, Indiana,” the assertion continued.
“We can not thank this neighborhood sufficient for holding out household up in prayer and for all that you’ve got executed.”
The assertion concluded, “Ben suffered greater than his share in his fourteen years on this Earth however we take solace in that his struggling is lastly over and in that, ultimately, Ben knew he was liked by so many.”
Ben was being handled on the Lurie Kids’s Hospital of Chicago. Edwards instructed the Tribune a golf-ball sized tumor grew right into a grapefruit-sized mass in his nephew’s neck. He had additionally been present process chemotherapy for tumors on his lungs, backbone and shoulder..
Our ideas are with Ben Watkins’ family and friends throughout this troublesome time.