Former boxing star Barry McGuigan shares a touching tribute to his daughter Danika on the third anniversary of her death

BARRY McGUIGAN has posted a moving tribute to his late daughter Danika McGuigan on the third anniversary of her death.

The rising actress, known as Nika among friends, died of cancer in July 2019 aged just 33.

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Former boxing world champion Barry McGuigan and his actress daughter Danika in Dublin. Danika, who suffered from cancer, died at the age of 33 after a short illness.
Danika has starred in a number of TV shows and movies such as Philomena, Can't Cope Won't Cope and the hit Wildfire.

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Danika has starred in a number of TV shows and movies such as Philomena, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope and the hit Wildfire.

The actress had previously survived a fatal attack of acute lymphocytic leukemia as a child before being diagnosed with cancer again in 2019.

The Irish boxing legend took his Twitter to pay tribute to Danika.

He said, “Three years today Nika, how do we mend our broken hearts.”

McGuigan became a highly respected actress and starred in a number of TV shows and movies such as Philomena, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope and the hit Wildfire.

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McGuigan was posthumously awarded the IFTA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in Wildfire.

Speaking on The Late Late Show earlier this year, Barry McGuigan held back tears as he opened up about the loss of his family and the associated grief.

McGuigan’s father died when he was young, while his brother, Dermot, committed suicide when he was in his thirties.

The Clone native also revealed on The Late Late Show that his older sister, Sharon, died of cancer last year.

All of this has made the last three years difficult, to say the least, and after praising the bravery of Charlie Bird and Vicky Phelan, McGuigan said he would climb Croagh Patrick to remember those whom he lost.

He said: “[Charlie] is just an amazing man. I’m so proud of him, for doing what he does.

“I want to do it because of Charlie, first of all, and second, you’re doing it for your personal business.

“This will be my own dedication to my daughter, who I lost almost three years ago, and it’s good for your soul.

McGuigan concluded, “For Vicky and for Charlie, it’s fantastic and I want to be there for them.”

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