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Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Disney actress who appeared in ‘Queen of Katwe,’ dead at 15

Waligwa starred in "Queen of Katwe."
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Posted at 6:54 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 06:55:09-05

Nikita Pearl Waligwa - a 15-year-old actress who starred in the Ugandan Disney movie 'Queen of Katwe' - has reportedly died after battling health issues, TMZ reports.

According to the Ugandan news outlet, The Daily Monitor, Nikita recently passed away. While they don't say exactly how, the paper seems to link her death to a 2016 diagnosis - which found she had a tumor in her brain. TMZ says it is unclear if she was fighting full-blown cancer.

Waligra's "Queen of Katwe" co-star, Lupita Nyong'o, posted condolences on Instagram.

Nikita's school, Gayaza High School, tweeted about her death on Sunday.