By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Former winner of the Chopped Junior contest, Fuller Goldsmith has reportedly lost his life to cancer battle.
Fuller won the competition in 2017, at the age of 13, amidst battling cancer. His winning made him popular. He died just few days to his 18th birthday.
His demise was confirmed and announced by the production company for Top Chef Junior, who announced the sad news on its Instagram page.
Magical Elves wrote: “We are devastated after hearing about the loss of our Top Chef Junior alum, Fuller Goldsmith.
“He was an incredible chef and the strongest kid we’ve ever met. From the minute he was introduced to us, we knew he would make an impact on everyone around him and be a positive force in cooking world.
“To his family, we give all our love as they mourn the loss of someone truly special.”
According information gathered, Fuller Goldsmith was diagnosed of the dreadful cancer, at the age of three and was declared free on August last year. However, he relapsed in February this year, making it the fifth time. Unfortunately, he didn’t survive this one.
Before his demise, Fuller had taken to his Instagram page to share posts and explained that doctors had found a brain tumour and that he would have to go through an operation followed by 12 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.
Following the announcement of his death, friends and fans sent in their heartfelt condolences. Vanessa Lachey, the Junior host wrote: “We all loved Fuller so much! We will never forget his contagious smile, laugh and butter tricks. Sending so much love to his family. We will never forget you Fuller!”
Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama, where Fuller lived, wrote on Twitter : “So saddened to learn of the passing of Fuller Goldsmith, of Tuscaloosa. Fuller won Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” in 2017.”He was an inspiration to all who knew him. Prayers for his family and friends.”
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri and Cal Holt, also collectively wrote: “Our collective hearts are broken. The SAH family lost our much loved and respected Fuller Goldsmith today.
“He spent a lot of time in the [Southern Ale House] kitchen helping prep, serve, and create recipes. We will miss his presence, his smile, his laugh, his banter back and forth with Brett, and his grit as fought the aches and pains of a terrible disease. He will be missed but forever remembered.”