VoyForums
[ Show ]
Support VoyForums
[ Shrink ]
VoyForums Announcement: Programming and providing support for this service has been a labor of love since 1997. We are one of the few services online who values our users' privacy, and have never sold your information. We have even fought hard to defend your privacy in legal cases; however, we've done it with almost no financial support -- paying out of pocket to continue providing the service. Due to the issues imposed on us by advertisers, we also stopped hosting most ads on the forums many years ago. We hope you appreciate our efforts.

Show your support by donating any amount. (Note: We are still technically a for-profit company, so your contribution is not tax-deductible.) PayPal Acct: Feedback:

Donate to VoyForums (PayPal):

Login ] [ Contact Forum Admin ] [ Main index ] [ Post a new message ] [ Search | Check update time | Archives: 12345678910 ]
Subject: Ben Watkins, child star of TV's sixth season of Fox’s “MasterChef Junior”, dies at 14 of rare cancer. ...


Author:
Battled a year with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma, a soft tissue tumor cancer.
[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]
Date Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 01:39:19am


Ben Watkins, child star of TV's sixth season of
Fox’s “MasterChef Junior”, dies at 14 of rare cancer. ...

TODAY By Samantha Kubota
Nov. 17, 2020

Indiana native Ben Watkins, who appeared on “MasterChef Junior” at the age of 11, has died from a rare form of cancer at the age of 14.

He started chemotherapy this summer for angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma, a soft tissue tumor that typically occurs in children and young adults.

His family said at the time he was one of six people in the world to receive such a rare diagnosis.

Ben told his uncle, Anthony Edwards, that he felt as if he was being “tortured” by the pain and his complicated treatments, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“We were praying for a different outcome,” Edwards told the newspaper. “But Ben’s lungs could no longer give him the air he needed to breathe. It’s been devastating.”

He passed away on Monday afternoon, his family confirmed.

Ben’s backstory has another tragic twist.

In September 2017, the aspiring chef lost both of his parents, Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins, in a murder-suicide, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Before his parents' passing, Ben had helped out at his family’s restaurant, which was named after him — Big Ben’s Bodacious Barbecue,
Bakery & Deli. Though the restaurant closed the month his parents died, the aspiring chef remained passionate about food.

He appeared on the sixth season of Fox’s “MasterChef Junior” when he was just 11, finishing in the top 18.

In the years that followed his parents’ deaths, he would make his home with his uncle, Edwards, who became his legal guardian.

“Despite all the pain and sickness Ben went through, he never complained, not once,” Edwards told the newspaper after Ben’s death.

In a statement, Ben’s family thanked his hometown of Gary, Indiana for their support during his illness.

“Ben was and will always be the strongest person we know,” his grandmother and uncle said in a statement. “Ben suffered more than his share
in his 14 years on this Earth but we take solace in that his suffering is finally over and in that, in the end, Ben knows he was loved by so many.”

Link ...
https://www.today.com/food/masterchef-junior-star-ben-watkins-dies-14-rare-cancer-t199564

[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]

Replies:
Subject Author Date
Ben's father killed Ben's mother Leila Edwards in a murder-suicide in 2017. (NT)Sleep well, Ben.Wednesday, November 18, 01:49:27am
What a sad life this young man had to deal with. He will be missed.. (NT)Rest in peace.Thursday, November 19, 03:55:16pm
RIP, little man. ❤️ (NT)G-grlFriday, November 20, 12:11:29pm
So young. (NT)Sleep well.Friday, November 20, 12:20:34pm


Login ] Create Account Not required to post.
Post a public reply to this message | Go post a new public message
* HTML allowed in marked fields.
Message subject (required):

Name (required):

  E-mail address (optional):

* Type your message here:

Choose Message Icon: [ View Emoticons ]

Notice: Copies of your message may remain on this and other systems on internet. Please be respectful.

[ Contact Forum Admin ]


Forum timezone: GMT-8
VF Version: 3.00b, ConfDB:
Before posting please read our privacy policy.
VoyForums(tm) is a Free Service from Voyager Info-Systems.
Copyright © 1998-2019 Voyager Info-Systems. All Rights Reserved.