MasterChef Junior Star Ben Watkins Dies After Tragic Battle with Cancer aged 14.
Ben Watkins, who became known after appearing on Masterchef Junior, has died aged 14 following a devastating battle with cancer. He passed away after an 18-month battle with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma, a rare cancer. Bens death has been confirmed by his family.
Ben’s family shared the sad news with a statement about his passing on a GoFundMe page they had previously set up while he was undergoing treatment at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
A statement released by his grandmother and uncle read: “Our Ben went home to be with his mother Monday afternoon after a year-and-a-half-long battle with cancer. “Ben was and will always be the strongest person we know. When Ben’s rare illness was shared with the world, he was so heartened by the outpouring of love he received from every corner of the globe – especially here in his hometown of Gary, Indiana.”
It continued: “Ben suffered more than his share in his fourteen years on this Earth but we take solace in that his suffering is finally over and in that, in the end, Ben knew he was loved by so many.”
The aspiring chef often greeted diners and cooked their meals at Big Ben’s Bodacious BBQ and Delicatessen in Indiana alongside his parents. Both of his parents died three years prior to Ben in what is said to have been a murder-suicide, with his grandmother later saying he is “the strongest person we’ve ever known.”
The teen was best known for starring in season six of Gordon Ramsay’s famous Masterchef Junior, aged just 11.
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