Feb 17, 2020 01:14 PM EST

Queen of Katwe's Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies at 15

Queen of Katwe's Nikita Pearl Waligwa Dies at 15

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, who starred in Disney's biographical drama "Queen of Katwe," has died. She was 15 years old.

in 2016, the actress was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She did recover; however, another tumor was found in 2019. 

In "Queen of Katwe" she played Gloria, a chess player taught by close friend Phiona Mutesi, who is a successful chess player in Uganda.

Waligaw was just a senior at her school, Gayaza High School.

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