Add news
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020
News Every Day |

‘MasterChef Junior’ alum Ben Watkins dies; 14-year-old had battled rare cancer

Ben Watkins was 11 when he appeared on “MasterChef Junior.” The teen died Monday at the age of 14, after battling a rare form of cancer.
Ben Watkins was 11 when he appeared on “MasterChef Junior.” The teen died Monday at the age of 14, after battling a rare form of cancer. | Fox

He was 11 when he appeared on the sixth season of the hit culinary competition, becoming a fan favorite. Watkins listed his signature dish as fried chicken with mashed potatoes.

Ben Watkins, the 14-year-old ”MasterChef Junior” alum and fan favorite, died Monday following a year-and-a-half battle with cancer.

Watkins, who lost both parents in a 2017 tragedy, had been diagnosed with the rare illness angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma shortly after his 13th birthday.

“Our Ben went home to be with his mother Monday afternoon,” said statement from his grandmother Donna Edwards and uncle Anthony Edwards posted on the #Love4Ben GoFundMe fundraising page, stated. “We have marveled at Ben’s strength, courage and love for life. He never ever complained. Ben was and always will be the strongest person we know.”

Before his parents died in what investigators called a murder-suicide, Watkins helped out at his family’s restaurant that had been named after him — Big Ben’s Bodacious Barbecue, Bakery & Deli.

He was 11 when he appeared on the sixth season of the hit culinary competition, becoming a fan favorite and making it to the final 18. Watkins listed his signature dish as fried chicken with mashed potatoes.

The family thanked the “outpouring of love from every corner of the globe” for Watkins that followed the announcement of his cancer diagnosis, especially in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Ben was treated at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

“Ben suffered more than his share in his fourteen years on Earth,” the statement said. “But we take solace in that his suffering is finally over and that, in the end, Ben knew he was loved by so many.”

“MasterChef Junior” host Gordon Ramsay and other contestants posted an inspirational video for Watkins while he was undergoing treatment in August.

Ramsay posted an Instagram tribute Tuesday saying he was “heartbroken” over “this terrible loss.”

“We lost a Master of the @masterchefjunior kitchen today. Ben you were an incredibly talented home cook and even stronger young man. Your young life had so many tough turns but you always persevered,” Ramsay wrote. “I adored our time cooking and laughing together on set.”

“We mourn the passing of Ben Watkins, a beloved member of the ‘MasterChef Junior’ family,” a statement from show creator EndemolShine North America said. “Ben overcame so much in his life with a remarkably positive attitude. He was a tremendous role model for chefs of all ages and will be dearly missed.”

Read more at usatoday.com.




Read also

You’ll Finally Get To Imagine Pete Davidson As Jimmy Stewart When He Headlines A Table Read Of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

Chicago, Hammond to offer competing pitches to sell Joliet Lake Michigan water

Boy, 10, becomes one of UK’s youngest to die with Covid



News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro




Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here