BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry has died from cancer at the age of 51.
She died at the Christie hospital in Manchester on Thursday morning (10th Jan).
Totally, utterly, completely devastated. Just can’t believe we have lost the lovely hugely talented Dianne Oxberry. @BBCNWT will never be the same again. She was an outstanding broadcaster, brilliant colleague for so many years and a very good friend. Heartbroken.
— Gordon Burns (@mrgordonburns) January 11, 2019
Oxberry became well-known nationally on Radio 1, working alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright, during the 1980s.
After studying meteorology, she joined BBC North West Tonight in 1994 as a weather presenter and fronted Inside Out North West’s current affairs show.
After her time at Radio 1 in London, Sunderland-born Oxberry returned north to Greater Manchester in 1993 with her husband, cameraman Ian Hindle.
The couple, who have two young children, met in Manchester while she was co-presenting the Saturday morning children’s television show, The 8:15 From Manchester.
“Dianne was an amazing wife and mother who embraced life to the full,” said Ian.
“She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her but also to the people who watched and welcomed her into their homes each night as if she were part of their family too.
“She will leave a massive void in our lives but because of the remarkable person she was she will forever live on in our hearts.
“The children and I will miss her more than anyone can imagine.”
I’ve just heard of the sudden death of Dianne Oxberry. She was such a wonderful, kind, funny and talented woman. All my love to her family, friends and colleagues ?
— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) January 11, 2019
She also worked with BBC Sport, covering the Great North Run and the Manchester 10k.
So sad to say that my much loved colleague Dianne Oxberry died yesterday, after a short illness, at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. Everyone at @BBCNWT is heartbroken, but all our thoughts are with her family. Rest in peace x. pic.twitter.com/ptepwVIM7Q
— Roger Johnson (@RogerJ_01) January 11, 2019