Gordon Ramsay pays tribute to MasterChef Junior contestant who died age 14

MasterChef Junior Ben Watkins

Masterchef Junior Season 6 star Ben Watkins has died, three years after his parents' deaths.

'He never, ever complained.

The official account of MasterChef Junior also shared their condolences on the passing of Ben, writing, "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Ben Watkins, a beloved member of the MasterChef Junior family. We can not thank this community enough for holding our family up in prayer and for all that you've done", the statement continued.

The family concluded by saying that they have "taken solace" in knowing that Watkins is no longer suffering, and that "he was loved by so many".

Chef Gordon Ramsay posted his tribute to the young chef on social media. Among the many 40 contestants from the season, Watkins was a part of the highest 24 who competed for the successful title. He had also been undergoing chemotherapy for tumors on his lungs, spine and shoulder. The restaurant closed the month his mother and father died.

Ben became a hometown hero at the tender age of 14 years old for persevering with a smile on his face.

Ben Watkins on Master Chef Junior
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Ramsay, a judge on the U.S. version of the show, wrote on Twitter: "Your young life had so many tough turns but you always persevered".

Watkins appeared in season six of the USA competition in 2018.

Between filming the show in the first half of 2017 and its airdate a year later, Ben lost both of his parents to a murder-homicide, according to the Chicago Tribune. "Heartbroken today losing my little mate, sending all my love to Ben Watkins' family with this bad loss Gx".

In a GoFundMe campaign, which his relatives set up, it explained that Watkins had a rare soft tissue tumor.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the boy, may his soul rest in peace. His family previously shared he was one of six people in the world to receive such a diagnosis.

Watkins reportedly died in a Chicago area children's hospital Monday, according to the family's attorney. The couple ran Big Ben's Bodacious Barbecue & Deli in Gary, Indiana, which gave rise to Ben's interest in cooking. Watkins' close-knit neighborhood subsequently raised over $30,000 through his GoFundMe to support the teenager's dreams of studying culinary arts and engineering.

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