Actress Danika McGuigan, daughter of boxer Barry McGuigan, has sadly passed away.
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.
‘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,’ their statement read on Wednesday.
‘As a family we are devastated and ask for complete privacy during this difficult period to allow us to grieve for our Nika.
Danika – known as Nika – was just 33 years old at the time of her death.
She died following a brief battle with cancer – having previously fought leukaemia as a child.
Her brother Shane paid tribute on Twitter, saying: ‘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.’
He added: ‘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 had a string of credits to her name including appearances in The Tudors, Hollyoaks: The Morning After The Night Before, Traders and Mammal.
She also appeared in the 2013 Oscar nominated movie Philomena, and more recently in the Irish comedy-drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.
Danika previously spoke out about being diagnosed with leukaemia when she was 11, citing her father’s spirit as an inspiration in helping her pull through.
‘When I got leukaemia I found myself applying that same mental approach,’ she explained in a Times article in 2005.
‘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.’