MasterChef Junior’s Ben Watkins died on Monday at 14 from cancer at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital, his family said.
Watkins in July was diagnosed with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma, as his relatives said that doctors told them that only five other people in the world had the rare ailment, which impacts soft tissue, TMZ reported Tuesday.
‘Our Ben home went home to be with his mother Monday afternoon after a year-and-a-half long battle with cancer,’ his maternal grandmother Donna Edwards and uncle Anthony Edwards said in a statement. ‘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 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 quarter of the globe – especially in his hometown of Gary, Indiana.’
The family continued: ‘We cannot thank this community enough for holding our family up in prayer and for all that you’ve done.