18 November 2020 14:39
Gordon Ramsay has paid tribute to Ben Watkins, after his death aged 14. Ben had been undergoing treatment amid a battle with a rare form of cancer at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Gordon shared a snap of Ben in his MasterChef apron, writing: "We lost a Master of the @masterchefjunior kitchen today. Heartbroken today losing my little mate, sending all my love to Ben Watkins' family with this terrible loss Gx." Gordon and Ben's MasterChef Junior co-stars had sent him a video message after hearing about his health battle, and helped raise donations on a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for hospital bills. Ben's family have told that he was one of six people in the world diagnosed with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma.
The Chicago Tribune was told by police that Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins died in a domestic violence incident ruled as a murder-suicide. "He opened Big Ben's Bodacious BBQ and Delicatessen in the Miller Community of Gary, Indiana with his late parents, Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins. MasterChef Junior contestant Ben Watkins has died, aged 14. Watkins, who appeared in season six of the US competition, died Monday (16 November) after a year-and-a-half long cancer battle. The news was announced by his grandmother and uncle via their attorney, Trent McCain, who wrote: "After losing both his parents in September 2017, we have marvelled at Ben's strength, courage and love for life." Watkins, whose parents died in a murder-suicide three years ago, was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma earlier this year.
MasterChef judge Gordon Ramsay took to Instagram to offer his condolences to Ben's family. Ben you were an incredibly talented home cook and even stronger young man. Heartbroken today losing my little mate, sending all my love to Ben Watkins' family with this terrible loss." Researchers at the University of South Australia who studied a sample of 8,545 Chinese adults have concluded that eating just one egg a day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60 per cent. Only last year, experts at the University of Finland suggested that eating one egg a day was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association, moreover, recommends egg consumption for those who already have diabetes.
He was 14-years-old.Watkins' uncle said he died at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, where he was being treated. His family is grieving their tremendous loss.Watkins was only 11-year-old when he won over fans competing on the sixth season of "MasterChef Junior.""MasterChef Junior" host Gordon Ramsey tweeted his condolences, writing in part, "Ben you were an incredibly talented home cook and even stronger young man. Sending all the love to Ben Watkins' family with this terrible loss.""After losing both of his parents in September 2017, we have marveled at Ben's strength, courage and love for life," a statement on the GoFundMe page for Watkins said. 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."He was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma and spent a year and a half battling the rare cancer.He was an aspiring chef and engineer.