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Disney Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at the age of 15 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor

Disney Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at the age of 15 after having been diagnosed with a brain tumor

  • Nikita Pearl Waligwa played Gloria in the film about an Ugandan chess wonder
  • She was first diagnosed with tumor in 2016, but a year later she was released
  • But her family told about their heartache when another tumor was discovered
  • She died last night at the hospital in Naalya, Kampala, Ugandan media reports

Disney movie Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa died at the age of 15 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Nikita Pearl played Gloria in the film – also staring at Lupita Nyong’o and – about a chess wonder from an Ugandan slum.

The youngster was first diagnosed with the tumor in 2016, but was told that she was cancer-free a year later.

Disney movie Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa died at the age of 15 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor

But her family told about their heartache when another tumor was discovered.

She died last night at the hospital in Naalya, Kampala, Ugandan media reports.

After her first diagnosis, the film director Mira Nair asked the audience to help cover the costs of her treatment in India.

Fans went to social media to share tribute to the star.

Matics wrote: ‘Oh my, oh my. May God grant her eternal peace. She was my best actress in the film. “

Mukiga added: ‘Rest in peace Pearl Waligwa. You are in a better place. You will be reminded of the great work you have done. “

Fawole John Oyeyemi wrote: ‘Sad news from Uganda about the 15-year-old Nikita Pearl who has just died of brain cancer. Nikita, known as Gloria in her role in Queen of Katwe.

“My favorite part of the film was when she screamed in the arcade of the tournament,” He took my queen. “May her soul find peace.”

DJ DenzelUG wrote: ‘News about the death of someone is undoubtedly sad.

‘It is especially sad when that person is 15 years old with so much potential. Rest in peace Nikita Pearl Waligwa aka Gloria. ”

Nikita Pearl played Gloria in the film - also staring at Lupita Nyong'o and - about a chess wonder from a Ugandan slum. Pictured: Madina Nalwanga and Lupita Nyong'o in The Queen of Katwe

Nikita Pearl played Gloria in the film - also staring at Lupita Nyong'o and - about a chess wonder from a Ugandan slum. Pictured: Madina Nalwanga and Lupita Nyong'o in The Queen of Katwe

Nikita Pearl played Gloria in the film – also staring at Lupita Nyong’o and – about a chess wonder from a Ugandan slum. Pictured: Madina Nalwanga and Lupita Nyong’o in The Queen of Katwe

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