The participant of Master Chef Junior in its version for the United States of the Fox chain, Ben Watkins, passed away at age 14 after suffering from a rare type of cancer. His death came three years after that of his parents. A case that has shocked North American television.
According to the magazine People, the little Indiana native died this Monday after being diagnosed with histiocitoma fibroso angiomatoide.
An article published by the Spanish Journal of Pathology, points out that the disease is characterized as “an infrequent soft tissue tumor with a low potential for malignancy (…) that usually affects the extremities of children and young adults.”
Watkins, aged 11, participated in the sixth season of the production, which was judged by chefs chefs Gordon Ramsay Y Christina Tosi, next to Joe Bastianich. The winner of the edition was Cwiakala me, a nine-year-old boy from Chicago, Illinois.
The parents of the little deceased died in 2017, in what was described as an “incident of domestic violence.” The parent shot the woman and then committed suicide with the weapon.
The Watkins case raised a campaign to raise money on the platform GoFundMe, which was led by his uncle Anthony Edwards.
Through a release Monday, the family member said that “our Ben went home to be with his mother this afternoon after a year and a half battle with cancer.”
He added that “Ben was and always will be the strongest person we know. When Ben’s rare illness was shared with the world, he was very encouraged by the outpouring of love he received from all corners of the world, especially here in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. “
“Ben suffered more than his fair share in his fourteen years on this Earth, but we are comforted to know that his suffering is finally over and that, in the end, Ben knew that many loved him.“, Hill.
The Fox network, meanwhile, regretted the death, noting in an emotional post on Instagram that he was a “loved one of the family” of the program. “She overcame many things in her life with a remarkably positive attitude. He was a great role model for chefs of all ages ”, they manifested.