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Who Is Danika McGuigan (Barry McGuigan Daughter) Wiki, Bio, Age, Parents, Brothers, Movies, Cancer, Death, Cause of Death

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Danika McGuigan Biography

Danika McGuigan also known as Anika was an Irish actress and the daughter of former boxing champion Barry McGuigan. She died on July 23, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer.

Prior to her death, she had just completed filming ‘Wildfire’, directed by Cathy Brady, and starred alongside Seána Kerslake in the RTÉ series ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’. She has also starred in the screen adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s novel, The Secret Scripture.

Danika McGuigan Age

Danika was 33 years old at the time of her death.

Danika McGuigan Parents

Danika was the daughter of Barry McGuigan and Sandra McGuigan. Her father Barry is a former boxing champion who won the featherweight world title in 1985 when he beat Eusebio Pedroza at Loftus Road, home of Queen’s Park Rangers.

Danika McGuigan Siblings

Danika had three siblings, brothers, Shane, Jake and Blain.

Danika McGuigan Movies

As an actress she appeared in The Tudors, Hollyoaks: The Morning After The Night Before, Traders and Mammal. She also appeared in the 2013 Oscar-nominated movie Philomena and had recently appeared in the Irish comedy-drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.

Danika McGuigan Cancer

Danika was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukaemia at the age of 11 after developing a number of bruises on her arms and legs. She underwent intensive chemotherapy for six months and was pronounced on remission at the age of 13.

Her father revealed that prior to being diagnosed she had had a nose and throat infection and was on antibiotics. He told the Sunday Times that finding out his daughter had cancer hit him like a sledgehammer.

“Finding out that Danika had leukaemia was like being hit with a sledgehammer. There’s nothing worse than your child getting sick. No amount of fighting in the ring could have prepared me for it. I was in Ireland when I got a call from our doctor and I could hear [wife] Sandra sobbing in the background. We spent the next six weeks staying in the hospital hoping and praying Nika would get better. They gave her chemo straight away. I can’t tell you how terrified I was, seeing her go through it all. She was in a high dependency ward. At one point there were seven kids in there and four of them died. We got to know those children and their families. We were going to the funerals, feeling their dreadful loss and wondering if it was going to happen to your child. But Nika was incredibly strong and positive. God, did she fight. I was so proud of her. I’ve never seen such will power.”

Danika had previous talked about her diagnosis with leukaemia during an interview with Times in 2005. She said;

‘When I got leukaemia I found myself applying that same mental approach. It was something we all applied in our family, because I’m sure the news of my leukaemia hit them hard. Until my diagnosis, cancer has been this huge bad thing in our family, because my dad’s father and my mum’s father died of it. They were both quite young. But I got the all-clear in 1999. I know how lucky I am and I know there’s been one figure who, throughout, has been a huge inspiration to me – that’s my dad.’

Danika McGuigan Death

Danika died on July 23, 2019 after a “brief but brave” battle with cancer. Her death was confirmed by her family in a statement that 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 23rd July, 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.”

Shane took to Instagram where he paid tribute to his sister. He posted a photo of her and captioned;

“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”

Danika McGuigan Cause of Death

Danika died of cancer.

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