Published: Sun, January 13, 2019

BBC presenter Diane Oxberry dies aged 51

BBC presenter Diane Oxberry dies aged 51

Dianne Oxberry, who presented the weather on BBC North West Tonight for 24 years, died on Thursday in the Christie, Manchester's cancer hospital, at the age of 51.

Dianne's beloved husband, Ian Hindle, has spoken out about the upsetting news.

He said: "Dianne was an fantastic wife and mother who embraced life to the full".

'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.

Lemn said: "Every time I met her she made the sun shine".

BBC North West tweeted: "We have some very sad news this morning, our colleague and friend Dianne Oxberry has died after a short illness".

North West Tonight (NWT) presenters Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin said they were "heartbroken". "I'm thinking of all her family and friends at this terrible time".

'Di was so talented, so attractive, so amusing and so full of life.

Above all she was a lovely woman whose sudden and shocking death has robbed the BBC of one of our brightest stars. "Thinking of her family, colleagues and friends".

Roger also said: "We are heartbroken by Dianne's death". It is impossible to comprehend.

"I am not your typical news presenter sitting behind a desk", she wrote in her bio on the program's web page. "Our thoughts are with Dianne's family". She was last on-air on North West Tonight in mid-December.

Annabel Tiffin, also a presenter North West Tonight, said: 'This is an enormous shock for all of us.

Who was Dianne Oxberry and why was she famous?

"The coming days will be hard but we will do our best to pay tribute to someone who meant so much to us all and made such an enormous contribution to broadcasting in the North West", added Aziz Rashid, head of BBC North West.

"I want to know what is going on and because I have been working on TV in the North West for so long, people feel comfortable telling me their stories". She was a part of their lives. She was brilliant. When she looked down the camera she connected with the people who were watching. "Our thoughts are with Dianne's family".

She recently took part in a 100-mile relay walk for Children In Need but fell ill in recent months.

Campbell described Oxberry as a "wonderful person, sweet and warm woman".

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