Disney star, Nikita Pearl Waligwa, has tragically died aged just 15-years-old.
The child actor, who famously played Gloria in Queen of Katwe, was reportedly left in a lot of pain before death.
Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this hard time.
Keep scrolling for the full story.
Nikita Pearl Waligwa was an actor.Nikita was born in Uganda in 2005 and rose to fame in the past few years.
She was in Queen of Katwe.Nikita played one of the main roles in the 2016 film Queen of Katwe.
Her role was as Gloria.Gloria was a chess prodigy who hailed from the slums of Uganda.
The film was an instant hit.Check out the trailer below:
It was based on a true story.
Nikita was still at high school.According to local media reports, Nikita was a student at Gayaza High School at the time of her death.
She was diagnosed with a brain tumor.Sadly, Nikita was diagnosed with a brain tumor and despite lots of help and support, nothing could be done for her.
The Queen of Katwe director got involved.Mira Nair, the director of Queen of Katwe, attempted to raise money to pay for the actor's treatment in India, after specialists in Uganda revealed they did not have the equipment.
She was given the all clear.But despite the good news, the tumor eventually returned.
She passed away this weekend.
15 year old Nikita Pearl Waligwa,who starred as 'Gloria', in a Disney's movie, Queen of Katwe, is dead. Nikita succ… https://t.co/kGBh5HmoEx— Lucky Mbabazi (@Lucky Mbabazi)1581834065.0
She was in a lot of pain.
Nikita Pearl Waligwa star of Disney’s ‘Oueen of Katwe’ has sadly passed away at the age of 15 from a brain tumor.… https://t.co/9zKNGaADgS— The DisInsider (@The DisInsider)1581872790.0
The brain was swollen and it is exerting a lot of pressure
Tributes have poured in.
It is deeply distressing to learn of the demise of Nikita Pearl Waligwa, at 15 years. Condolences. This Ugandan bor… https://t.co/SeWWsijMfH— Anthony Kerali (@Anthony Kerali)1581859913.0
Her school paid tribute.
Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tende… https://t.co/Q9wzEBvIBD— Gayaza High School (@Gayaza High School)1581836742.0
Fare thee well Nikita Pearl Waligwa. You were a darling to many and we have lost you to brain tumor at such a tender age. Nikita was in S.3. Rest in Perfect Peace dear.
Another person said:
We woke up to the sad news of the passing of Queen of Katwe teen actress, Nikita Pearl Waligwa. It is such a low moment for the country to lose incredible young talent at a tender age. Our sincere condolences to Nikita's family.
A third wrote:
It's so sad to see a country lose such a talented spirit. A what was supposed to be the beginning of a new wave here in Uganda.
But there was more.
An actress who starred in the Queen of Katwe, a Disney film about a chess prodigy from a Ugandan slum, has died age… https://t.co/LwWugjprht— Comrade Haki Uhuru (@Comrade Haki Uhuru)1581855992.0
Rest in Peace dear Nikita Pearl Waligwa. You've been a great inspiration to many Adolescents and Young People and your work shall prevail!
She had a lot of fans.
Its so sad to see a country 🇺🇬 lose such a talented spirit. A what was supposed to be the beginning of a new wave h… https://t.co/bbbXS1UG2i— Peer To Peer Uganda (@Peer To Peer Uganda)1581855518.0
And she would've had a successful career.
The question “why the good people die young” remains a mystery as we continue to witness the passing of young and b… https://t.co/tZtREbrTwQ— Campus Move (@Campus Move)1581849249.0
She was too young.
15 year old Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Rest in peace little one. https://t.co/LA1a8Jxno9— Morris (@Morris)1581847679.0
Rest in peace Nikita.
Sad news coming from Uganda about 15 year old Nikita Pearl who just died of brain cancer. Nikita, known as Gloria… https://t.co/hPYjpdYYOu— Fawole John Oyeyemi (@Fawole John Oyeyemi)1581852982.0