Disney's Queen of Katwe star dies aged 15
February 17th, 2020

Teenage Disney star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died after her losing her three year battle with brain cancer, aged only 15.

Nikita, who starred in Queen of Katwe, was given the all clear in 2017 but doctors in India found a second aggressive tumour only two years later.

Tributes have been pouring in for the "talented soul", who "stunned the Disney Film World" and had "so much potential".

Nikita passed away on Saturday night after battling a brain tumour that was first diagnosed in the same year the smash hit film was released.

She starred in the 2016 Disney film about a chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, from a Ugandan slum.

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