"He never, ever complained. Credit: "Ben will always be our superhero," he said. Donna Edwards and her younger brother, Anthony, became Watkins' legal guardians after his father shot and killed his mother, Leila Edwards, before taking his own life in 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported. McCain told the Chicago Tribune that "Ben will always be remembered as a sweet, tender soul.". Ben was and will always be the strongest person we know.”, The statement continued, with Watkins' family thanking the Indiana community for its support: “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. It’s been devastating.”, Also Read: 'Lego Masters' Renewed for Season 2 at Fox. according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. We cannot thank this community enough for holding out family up in prayer and for all that you've done.". Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? "Ben will always be our superhero," the 14-year-old's uncle Anthony Edwards said. Introducing ... PEOPLE's Products Worth the Hype. Rajasthan University BA Result announced for 2020 Part 3: Download UniRaj B... JEE Mains 2021: January session registration likely to be delayed. Ben was treated at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. "It was unreal, the character he has… he had. Your young life had so many tough turns but you always persevered. Get push notifications with news, features and more. A Gray Media Group, Inc. Station - © 2002-2020 Gray Television, Inc. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Baker native and LSU alumna, has officially been named as President-elect Joe Biden’s U.S. ambassador to the United Nations (UN), the president-elect announced Monday, Nov. 23. "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.". RELATED: MasterChef Junior Star Ben Watkins, 13, Diagnosed with Rare Tumor 3 Years After His Parents' Death. Trent McCain, the organizer of the GoFundMe campaign and the family’s attorney, said in a statement that Ben was an inspiration. If you would like to opt out of browser push notifications, please refer to the following instructions specific to your device and browser: this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. Not long after his 13th birthday, Ben was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma, his family said. Last Updated: November 17, 2020 @ 4:55 PM, 'Lego Masters' Renewed for Season 2 at Fox, Gary Rhodes, British Celebrity Chef and ‘MasterChef’ Host, Dies at 59, Gordon Ramsay Cheats to Beat ‘Riverdale’ Star Madelaine Petsch in ‘MasterChef’ Vegan Cookoff (Video), ‘MasterChef Senior': Ruth Can’t Hear, Eleanor Is Boring and Clarence May Be Dead (Video). Ben is remembered by his family as a "superhero" for his ceaseless optimism and selflessness. Watkins competed on Season 6 of the Gordon Ramsay-hosted cooking competition “MasterChef Junior” in 2018 and was eliminated in the fifth episode. The restaurant, The Tribune noted, was named after Ben. MasterChef Junior 2018 contestant Ben Watkins dies of cancer at 14, Gordon Ramsay offers condolence - The Watkins family shared a statement via their attorney. December 2020: From RTGS timings to LPG prices, know what rules will be cha... Nifty hits 13,000 for first time, Sensex above 44,400. Then suffered more than his share and his 14 years on this earth but we take solace in that his suffering is finally over and did that, in the end, then you he was loved by so many.”. He was 14. Your young life had so many tough turns but you always persevered. “Our Ben went home to be with his mother this afternoon after a year-and-a-half-long battle with cancer,” Donna Edwards and Anthony Edwards, Ben’s maternal grandmother and uncle, said in a statement on Monday on a GoFundMe page called #Love4Ben. He was 14. He was 14.