Ben Watkins, known for his appearance on the sixth season of “MasterChef Junior,” died Monday after a battle with a very rare form of cancer. He was 14.
The Watkins family has experienced much loss over the past few years. Shortly after Ben became a fan favorite on MasterChef, his parents died in a murder-suicide.
Despite the havoc such a loss can wreak on any life, let alone that of a child, Ben focused on the positives.
“I’m one of the lucky ones because I’ve got a grandma and an uncle who love me,” he told his uncle, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The boy loved working at Big Ben’s Bodacious BBQ and Delicatessen in Gary, Indiana, and had dreams of opening his own place someday.
When he was just 13, the brave young soul was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous