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Disney Actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa Has Died At 15

Disney actress who appeared in Queen of Katwe, Nikita Pearl Waligwa, has died at 15-years-old multiple sources report.

"Queen of Katwe" starred Lupita Nyong’o. Waligwa portrayed Gloria, a friend of Phiona who explained the rules of chess.

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The film was about a rising chess prodigy and based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi. She began playing chess at age nine and went on to compete in international tournaments.

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Ugandan media have reported that Waligwa was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016.

At the time, she sought treatment in India. She made a recovery in 2017, but the tumor reportedly returned last year.

Condolences for the young actress have been pouring in on social media.