'Queen of Katwe' actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at 15 of a brain tumor

Ugandan actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa died this weekend following a brain tumor. She starred in the 2016 Disney film 'Queen of Katwe.'

2/17/2020 12:01:00 AM

NEW: Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the Ugandan teen who graced the silver screen as a chess whiz in Disney's 'Queen of Katwe,' died this weekend from a brain tumor, according to her school. She was 15.

Ugandan actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa died this weekend following a brain tumor. She starred in the 2016 Disney film 'Queen of Katwe.'

"You were a darling to many and we have lost you to [a] brain tumor at such a tender age," the school tweeted."Rest in Perfect Peace dear."Waligwa starred in the 2016 Disney film"Queen of Katwe," a biographical film about Ugandan chess player Phiona Mutesi, who came from the slums to be one of the top players in the world. Waligwa played Gloria, Mutesi's friend and fellow chess player who says in chess,"the small one can become the big one."

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa appears in a scene in Disney's "Queen of Katwe."Nikita Pearl Waligwa appears in a scene in Disney's "Queen of Katwe."DisneyThe movie was a hit among Ugandan audiences who saw local actors on the same screen as Hollywood stars like Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo.

Oyelowo shared his condolences on Instagram Sunday."She was a ball of light in @queenofkatwemovie and in life," he wrote. Read more: ABC News »

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To die at such a young age! I feel terrible for her family and friends, who are no longer able to experience the joy of seeing her grow further into womanhood. To sleep, perchance to dream. Prayers are with her family. RIP! Terrible. RIP young one. Oh n may she Rest In Peace lubot446 She war a good talent and great films RIP !

How sad but she had a great moment on screen that many will enjoy Very sad news, African talent gone too soon Rip God bless RIP my fellow Ugandan and thank you for representing our country Overseas Oh no :( RIP 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 💔sad. So young 🙏 Bless ♥️😔 Rip 💔 May her soul rest in peace 💔 Oh no 😢 So very sad🙏🏼❤️ condolences to all that knew and loved her🕊

Sad to hear RIP Nikita. Prayer for the family 🙏🏽🙏🏽 Noooooooooooooooooooooo 😳 RIP 😭💔 Rest In Power sweet princess. May her beautiful soul seek Heaven.. amen! 😢 Death in 2020⛹️ Such heartbreaking news. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. Having lost a father-in-law and a dear friend to brain cancer, we must support the researchers and pray they will stop this horrible disease soon.

OMGoodness She was just a kid/ Condolences to This Child’s Family Did she try Fenbendazole? It's good to see that Disney hasn't given up on making movies based on pure fantasy.

Queen Of Katwe Star Nikita Pearl Waligwa, 15, Dies After Brain Tumor Diagnosis: ReportsDisney's Queen of Katwe portrayed the real-life story of a young girl living in the Ugandan slum of Katwe who becomes a chess champion so sad...RIP😢 Why sooo many kids dying this year... like oh my god💔💔 15? there's no justice in this world RIP

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, 'Queen of Katwe' Star, Dead at 15The actress had reportedly been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Too young...rip Rest in peace RIP ☹️☹️

“Queen of Katwe” Actor Nikita Pearl Waligwa Has Died at 15Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. 💔 This is so sad. She was a great talent and inspiration.

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Actor in Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe,’ Dies at 15Nikita Pearl Waligwa, an actor who appeared in Disney’s biographical drama “Queen of Katwe,” has died, according to BBC and the Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor. She was 15. Waligw… 💔 Damn. Condolences to her family. 😞😞😞

Disney's 'Queen of Katwe' star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died at age 15Nikita Pearl Waligwa, a child star in Disney's 'Queen of Katwe,' was first diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016. 😭😭😭 RIP Unfortunate. 🙁 So awful. So young and such a huge battle she fought. Rest in peace. Prayers to her family. 🙏🏼

Disney's 'Queen of Katwe' actor Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies at 15Nikita Pearl Waligwa, an actor who appeared in Disney's 'Queen of Katwe,' has died at age 15, according to BBC and the Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor. My she rip. I loved that movie and she was so good in it. Sad too sad. Much too young