Disney’s Queen of Katwe Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies at 15 of Brain Tumor

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a younger actress who starred in Disney’s Queen of Katwe—a movie a few chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum—has died at the age of 15 from a mind tumor.

According to Ugandan media reviews (through UK’s Mirror), Nikita handed away on Saturday (Feb. 15) at TMR International Hospital in Naalya, Kampala.

Nikita performed the position of Gloria in Queen of Katwe, a 2016 Disney movie primarily based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, who began enjoying chess at the younger age of 9 regardless of not being at school and went on to compete in worldwide chess tournaments.

The movie starred Lupita Nyong’o as her mom and David Oyelowo as her chess trainer.

Nikita was first identified with a mind tumor in 2016 and Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair reportedly rallied to assist fund her remedy in India after Ugandan docs mentioned they didn’t have the correct tools to deal with her.

She was given the all-clear in 2017, however was discovered to have one other tumor in 2019, which devastated her household.

A member of the family mentioned Nikita had been dwelling in lots of ache earlier than she handed away. “The brain was swollen and it is exerting a lot of pressure,” the relative advised native media.

Reports recommend the teenager, a pupil of Gayaza High School, was awaiting one other surgical procedure to take away the tumor earlier than she handed away.

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