Danika McGuigan Death, Daughter of boxing legend Barry McGuigan aged 33, brief but brave’ cancer battle, confirmed by family. The retired boxing world champion and his family confirmed the tragic news in a statement. It’s been confirmed that she died on Tuesday 23 July surrounded by family who said in a statement they were ‘devastated’ by her death.
In a statement issued through Dublin-based actors' agency The Agency her family said: "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our beautiful daughter and sister, Danika 'Nika' McGuigan.
Known as Nika, she enjoyed an extensive career in both television and film, appearing in The Secret Scripture, Philomena and Mammal among others. And she was best known in her native Ireland for her starring role in the RTE series 'Can't Cope, Won't Cope'.
Danika, known as Nika to her friends and family, appeared in several films including Philomena, Wildfire and Mammal. More recently, she also starred in the Irish TV series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. Danika was first diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukaemia at the age of just 11, in 1997, after her parents spotted bruises on her arms and legs.
Her most recent film, Wildfire, was directed by Cathy Brady and had only recently wrapped up filming. "She was in a high dependency ward. At one point there were seven kids in there and four of them died. Ms McGuigan's brother, Shane, wrote on Twitter that he had memories to "cherish for a lifetime".
It breaks my heart to write this. My beautiful sister Danika lost her battle with cancer in the early hours of Tuesday morning, at the young age of 33.
She overcame it once with a 2 year fight when she was 11 to 13.… https://t.co/xsh6icmJup
— Shane McGuigan (@McGuigans_Gym) July 24, 2019
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It breaks my heart to write this. My beautiful sister Danika lost her battle with cancer in the early hours of Tuesday morning, at the young age of 33. She overcame it once with a 2 year fight when she was 11 to 13. Myself, my brothers & parents were privileged to have another 20 years since the first battle with our amazing Nika. Unfortunately Nika couldn’t beat it again but she fought so bravely until the end. I have memories that I’ll cherish for a lifetime & you will live on forever in spirit. I’m so so proud of you! Love you forever my older ‘little’ sister. RIP ❤️🙏🏼