Disney’s Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa has died at age 15, according to Ugandan media, trinitymirror.com reports
The young actress had been suffering from a brain tumor before she lost her battle on Saturday, February 15th night.
She was then hospitalized at TMR International Hospital, in Naalya, Kampala.
Further information states that the star was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016 and then given the all-clear.
12 months later, the actress’s family were devastated when another tumour was detected.
A close relative to the deceased actress has since admitted that Nikita had been living in a lot of pain before losing her battle.
“The brain was swollen and it is exerting a lot of pressure,” they told local media.”
After Nikita’s first diagnosis, Queen of Katwe director Mira Nair went public to help get funding for her treatment in India, with Ugandan doctors saying they did not have the necessary equipment.
Reports have suggested that the teen had been awaiting another surgery to remove the tumour when she passed away.