Barry McGuigan talks about the death of his daughter for the first time

Barry McGuigan talks about the death of his daughter for the first time

Barry McGuigan has courageously opened up about the death of his daughter for the first time after she passed away from cancer in 2019.

In a heartbreaking interview on the Late Late Show, the former featherweight world champion revealed the devastation he and his family feel everyday.

McGuigan’s daughter Danika died of cancer at the age of 33 in 2019.

The Irishman discussed Danika’s health struggles as a child as she battled Leukemia when she was 11, and broke down in tears as he recalled the moment he learnt she was suffering from tumours in her liver and intestine.

He told Ryan Tubridy: “I know there are loads of parents who have lost their children and I know how devastating that is, how hard it is. My heart goes out to all of them.

“They will understand just the pain of everyday, it’s the same.

“She was such an important part of our lives in everything, even my four grandchildren – my latest grandchild is Mila Nika McGuigan.

“And every time I look at them I think of her and she loved those kids. She loved Tadhg, who is my first grandchild, who she loved and spent so much time with.

“She was such a family person.”

Boxing fans sent messages of support to McGuigan following the interview, with one tweeting him: “Barry McGuigan was my hero from a very young age, I’m in bits watching him talk about his daughter.

“He’s a true hero to me now again, to show grief like that on television is truly brave and shows what a great dad and genuine guy he is.”

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