Ben Watkins, former MasterChef Junior competitor, dies at 14 from a very rare disease

Watkins was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma, a rare form of cancer that only five people in the world currently have.

Ben Watkins, former competitor of the famous American gastronomic program MasterChef Junior, died this Monday at the age of 14 in a children’s hospital in Chicago as a result of a rare form of cancer that he contracted a year and a half ago, according to reported his family’s attorney, Trent A. McCain, told Fox News.

Watkins was diagnosed with histiocitoma fibroso angiomatoide, a soft tissue tumor that occurs most often in children and young adults. Currently only five people in the world suffer from this disease.

His death occurs almost three years after his parents died. In September 2017, Ben’s father, Michael Watkins, shot and killed the boy’s mother, Leila Edwards, before taking his own life at their home. pick up the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

In 2018, when he was 11 years old, Watkins joined the sixth season of MasterChef Junior, hosted by chef Gordon Ramsey. Among the 40 contestants of the season, the boy was part of the ‘top-24’ that competed for the title of winner. In addition, the young man cooked in a restaurant of his family in Indiana, currently closed.

Gordon Ramsay took to his Twitter account to express his condolences to the Watkins family. “Today we lost a master chef from MasterChef Junior. Ben, you were a incredibly talented home cook and an even stronger young man. Your young life had many difficult twists and turns, but you always persevered, “wrote the chef.

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