Ben Watkins Wiki – Ben Watkins Biography
Ben Watkins was a ‘MasterChef Junior’ contestant. He competed in the sixth season of Gordon Ramsay’s “MasterChef Junior,” in 2018 when he was 11 years old. Among the 40 contestants from the season, Watkins was part of the top 24 who competed for the winning title. He placed in the top 18.
Ben Watkins Age
Ben died on November 16, 2020, at the age of 14.
Ben Watkins Death
Ben died of cancer on November 16, 2020, at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He was 14. Watkins’ grandmother and uncle, Donna and Anthony Edwards, announced his death in a statement on a GoFundMe page titled “#Love4Ben” that was originally created in 2017 to support his education following his parents’ death.
The statement reads, “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.”
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EndemolShine North America, which produces “MasterChef,” and FOX Entertainment, which broadcasts it, released the following statement on the passing of Watkins: “It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Ben Watkins, a beloved member of the MasterChef Junior family. 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 by everyone at EndemolShine North America and FOX Entertainment.”
Ben Watkins Parents Murder-Suicide
Ben’ parents were Michael Watkins and Leila Edwards. They died in September 2017 in a murder-suicide murder-suicide, according to the Chicago Tribune. His father, Michael Watkins, shot and killed Ben’s mother, Leila Edwards, and then took his own life. Following Ben Watkins’ parents death, his school and residents in the community created an educational trust fund for him.
Cause of Death
Ben Watkins’s cause of death was Cancer.