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Disney Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15 after being diagnosed with brain tumour

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Disney film Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died aged 15 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor
Disney film Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died aged 15 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor

 

Nikita Pearl Waligwa played Gloria in the film about a Ugandan chess prodigy
She was first diagnosed with tumour in 2016 but given the all-clear a year later
But her family told of their heartbreak when another tumour was then detected
She died at hospital in Naalya, Kampala, last night, Ugandan media reports

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

 

 

Disney film Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died aged 15 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Nikita Pearl played Gloria in the film – also staring Lupita Nyong’o and – about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum.
The youngster was first diagnosed with the tumour in 2016 but was given the all-clear a year later.

But her family told of their heartbreak when another tumour was then detected.

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

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