“Ben suffered more than his share in his fourteen years on this Earth however we take solace in that his suffering is lastly over and in that, in the end, Ben understood he was liked by so many.”It is with great unhappiness that we mourn the death of Ben Watkins, a cherished member of the MasterChef Junior household,” the program composed in its post. “Sending all the love to Ben Watkins family with this dreadful loss.
The young chef died on Monday of Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma, a soft tissue tumor generally in children and young people. He was diagnosed with the disease soon after he turned 13. Watkins, from Gary, Indiana, lost both his parents in a murder-suicide in 2017, according the Chicago Tribune. He told the paper that he wished to be a professional chef and one day open his own dining establishment, like his father. “After losing both of his moms and dads in September 2017, we have marveled at Bens strength, guts and love for life,” stated Donna Edwards and Anthony Edwards, Watkins maternal granny and uncle, in a joint statement, published to a GoFundMe page called “#Love 4Ben.” “He never, ever grumbled. Ben was and will always be the greatest person we understand.””When Bens uncommon health problem was shown the world, he was so heartened by the profusion of love he got from every corner of the world– especially here in his home town of Gary, Indiana,” the household included its statement. “Ben suffered more than his share in his fourteen years on this Earth however we take solace because his suffering is lastly over and because, in the end, Ben understood he was loved by a lot of.”Watkins, a fan favorite on “MasterChef Junior,” positioned in the top 18 when he completed in 2018 on the programs sixth season at the age of 11. At his daddys restaurant, Big Bens Bodacious Barbecue & & Deli, Watkins would routinely help out by taking orders, working the register and even offering his own homemade deals with– cinnamon rolls, cookies, brownies and banana bread, he informed the Tribune in 2017. The Fox show published a tribute to Watkins on its Instagram page.”It is with terrific sadness that we mourn the passing of Ben Watkins, a precious member of the MasterChef Junior family,” the program wrote in its post. “Ben overcame a lot in his life with an incredibly positive mindset. He was an incredible good example for chefs of any ages.” Celeb chef Gordon Ramsay, host of “MasterChef Junior,” also grieved Watkins, calling him an “extremely talented house cook and even stronger young man.” “Your young life had many difficult turns however you always persevered,” Ramsay wrote on Twitter. “Sending all the love to Ben Watkins family with this terrible loss.”Watkins GoFundMe was initially meant to support him and his household after his parents death in 2017. Now, the cash will approach paying exceptional medical costs, said Trent A. McCain, the familys attorney.