The young chef died Monday after battling an extremely rare for of cancer. The season six MasterChef Junior passed away after a year-and-a-half long battle against Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma, according to Watkins’ relatives who shared the news on social media.
“Our Ben went home to be with his mother this afternoon after a year-and-a-half-long battle with Cancer. After losing both of his parents in September 2017, we have marveled at Ben’s strength, courage and love for life. He never, ever complained. 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. We cannot thank this community enough for holding our family up in prayer and for all that you’ve done. 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. #Love4Ben”
Watkins’ family has created a gofundme for his memorial fund. He is survived by his grandmother Donna Edwards and uncle Anthony Edwards.