Disney's Queen of Katwe Actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies Aged 15

Disney's Queen of Katwe Actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies Aged 15

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, an actor who appeared in Disney's biographical drama Queen of Katwe, has died, according to BBC and the Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor. Shortly after the surgery, Nikita was diagnosed with cancer and she underwent radiotherapy in July 2016. Her battle with a brain tumor was humbling to witness. Nikita was in S.3.

She was "a darling to many", Gayaza high school said on Twitter.

The young actress who starred in the 2016 Disney film Queen of Katwe passed away at the age of 15 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Deadline reported on Sunday (February 16).

"No words can explain the pain at the moment", it added. "R.I.P Nikita", the school wrote.

She was consequently referred to India and required $20,000 for specialized care.

Ugandans have since taken to social media to send condolences to the bereaved family, describing Nikita's death as 'devastating'.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

Queen of Katwe, which was produced in 2016, is based on a true story of Phiona Mutesi who took up chess aged nine despite not being in school and she went on to compete in worldwide tournaments.

David Oyelowo, who starred alongside Waligwa in the Queen Of Katwe, remembers her as a "ball of light".

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