Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan in darkly comic RTÉ drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope; Nika with her father Barry McGuigan at the Ifta Awards, 2012; Nika


Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope actress Nika McGuigan passed away at the age of 33.

A statement from Nika’s family has been released through Nika’s acting agency, The Agency.

It says:

“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.”


Actress Nika McGuigan, daughter of boxing champion Barry, dies aged 33 (RTE)

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11 thoughts on “Devastating

    1. eoin

      I only saw her in the Can’t Cope programme and she was excellent playing the part of the maturing party girl. I think she had huge potential for serious dramatic acting. 33 is no age at all. RIP.

  1. Bebe

    Gone too soon with much accomplished and much more to do. Rest In Peace Nika. Condolences to loved ones, family and friends

  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    Regardless of her obvious talent, 33 is far too young. Condolences to her family and friends.

    Bit of a PSA: if you’re not feeling well, see your doctor and discuss things with them. I’m not saying this is what happened here but don’t let unwellness fester until it’s too late. I’m (thankfully) living proof.

      1. Daisy Chainsaw

        I was having tests for one thing and they found something else. I had no symptoms. Surgery and radiotherapy took care of it.

        1. millie st murderlark

          I know you probably won’t see this now, but I’m very happy to hear that it’s behind you. Hope you’re going from strength to strength xx

  3. eoin

    “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die”

    RIP Rutger Hauer

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