MasterChef Junior’s Ben Watkins, 13, has been diagnosed with a tumor after losing both parents


MasterChef Junior’s Ben Watkins, 13, has been diagnosed with a tumor … after tragically losing both of his parents in 2017

  • Ben has been diagnosed with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma
  • He is being treated at a Chicago hospital 
  • Parents died in 2017 murder suicide 
  • Watkins had recently filmed MasterChef Junior’s sixth season when it happened 

MasterChef Junior’s Ben Watkins has been diagnosed with a tumor, three years after losing both of his parents.

Watkins, 13, has been diagnosed with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma, his family said in a related campaign on GoFundMe.

The teenage cook, who is from Chicago, is being treated at the city’s Lurie Children’s Hospital.

The latest: MasterChef Junior's Ben Watkins, 13, has been diagnosed with a tumor, three years after losing both of his parents

The latest: MasterChef Junior’s Ben Watkins, 13, has been diagnosed with a tumor, three years after losing both of his parents

The disease, which impacts a small percentage of children and teens, impacts soft tissue.

Watkins lost his parents Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins in a 2017 murder-suicide when his father fatally shot his mother before taking his own life, authorities told the Chicago Tribune. 

Watkins had recently shot MasterChef Junior’s sixth season at the time of the tragic incident. 

It aired the following year, and fans donated $30,000 for a fundraising campaign called #Love4Ben toward a trust fund for the talented young cook, who was just 11 when he was on the show.

Tragic backstory: Watkins lost his parents Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins in a 2017 murder-suicide

Tragic backstory: Watkins lost his parents Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins in a 2017 murder-suicide

Sad: Watkins had recently filmed MasterChef Junior's sixth season at the time of the tragic incident

Sad: Watkins had recently filmed MasterChef Junior’s sixth season at the time of the tragic incident

Watkins’ family has revived the #Love4Ben campaign on GoFundMe, seeking help with covering his medical and educational expenses.

‘Despite all of Ben’s trials and tribulations, he remains positive and looks forward to getting back in the kitchen and pursuing his dream to become an Engineer,’ a statement on the fundraising page read. 

It continued: ‘We want Ben to be able to continue his education in the culinary arts and/or Engineering wherever he wants to in the world.’

‘On behalf of Grandma Donna and Uncle Anthony, thank you for your #Love4Ben!’

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