'MasterChef Junior' Star Ben Watkins Dies At Age 14

Written by on November 18, 2020

Ben Watkins, a fan-favorite from “MasterChef Junior,” died on Monday after an 18-month battle with most cancers. He was 14.

Watkins was recognized with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma, an especially uncommon type of most cancers. The smooth tissue tumor mostly happens in kids and younger adults.

His household beforehand shared he was one in all six individuals on this planet to obtain such a prognosis.“After shedding each of his dad and mom in September 2017, now we have marveled at Ben’s power, braveness and love for all times,” the household shared in a press release after his passing.

Watkins misplaced each of his dad and mom to home violence.“He by no means, ever complained. Ben was and can at all times be the strongest particular person we all know. 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.

“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, in the long run, Ben knew he was beloved by so many,” the household concluded.

“MasterChef Junior” choose Gordon Ramsay stated he’s “heartbroken” over the information. “Ben you had been an extremely gifted dwelling cook dinner and even stronger younger man,” the chef wrote in a tribute. “Your younger life had so many robust turns however you at all times persevered. I adored our time cooking and laughing collectively on set.”

Watkins appeared on the sixth season of the culinary competitors sequence and gained the hearts of viewers. He’s remembered for his constructive angle by followers and family members.

“Regardless of all of the ache and illness Ben went by way of, he by no means complained, not as soon as,” Watkins’s uncle and authorized guardian, Anthony Edwards, informed the Chicago Tribune. Edwards, who was at Watkins’s bedside for months, stated his nephew was “tortured” by the ache and scientific efforts to overcome it.

“We had been praying for a distinct final result,” Edwards added. “However Ben’s lungs may not give him the air he wanted to breathe. It’s been devastating.”

Watkins was working at his household’s restaurant Huge Ben’s Bodacious Barbecue, Bakery & Deli — which was named after him — however it closed after his dad and mom died. Watkins’ father shot and killed his mom and investigators dominated it a murder-suicide. Nonetheless, Watkins dreamed of opening his personal bakery or restaurant sometime, in keeping with the Chicago Tribune.

Watkins didn’t lose his constructive outlook on life after the tragedy.“I’m one of many fortunate ones as a result of I’ve received a grandma and an uncle who love me,” Watkins as soon as informed Edwards

“Ben’s life was grandiose in a manner. Each nook that he turned had reworked into a press release. It’s comforting to know he doesn’t must expertise such ache and struggling anymore,” Edwards stated.

Right here’s an episode wherein Watkins thought he was about to be eradicated from the present by Ramsay however superior within the competitors. 

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