Barry McGuigan’s daughter Danika has passed away at the age of 33 after a battle with cancer.
The actress beat the disease when he was a teenager but succumbed to the illness in the early hours of Tuesday.
Former world champion Barry and his family released a statement confirming the news.
It read: “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.
“After a brief but brave battle against cancer, Nika passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, July 23, surrounded by her loving family.
“As a family we are devastated and ask for complete privacy during this difficult period to allow us to grieve for our Nika.”
Her brother Shane, paid tribute on Instagram, saying: “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 two 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”
Danika, known as Nika to her friends and family, was an actress and appeared in several films including Philomena, Mammal and Wildlife which recently finished filming.
Most recently she was in TV series Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, an Irish comedy-drama which ran for two series and told the story of a group of twenty-something friends from Cork who share a house in Dublin.
Mammal, meanwhile, was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.
In 1997, at the age of 11, Danika was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukaemia after developing a number of bruises on her arms and legs. She underwent intensive chemotherapy for six months and made a recovery.
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