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Uganda: Disney Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies at 15

The Disney family is once again in mourning. A few months after the death of Cameron Boyce, the Ugandan actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa died at the age of 15.

Ugandan media reports that the young actress, star of the Queen of Katwe film, died of a brain tumor.

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The 2016 film Queen of Katwe is based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi from a Ugandan slum, who started playing chess at the age of nine, although she never been to school. She then participated in international tournaments. Nikita Pearl played the role of Gloria, a friend of Mutesi.

Disney star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at 15

Nikita Pearl Waligwa was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016, the director and producer of the film Queen of Katwe had conducted a fundraising operation for her medical evacuation in India. She underwent surgery and underwent radiation therapy to treat the tumor.

Disney star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at 15

In 2017, a new tumor was diagnosed in the girl. She died Saturday evening at the TMR international hospital in Naalya, Kampala.

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