Dianne Oxberry died at Christie Hospital, Manchester, yesterday morning. According to the BBC, her death came after a short illness and no further details about the cause of death have been reported. Tributes have poured in for the much-loved BBC North West star, with her fellow weather presenter Simon King making an emotional statement live on Radio 5 Live. He said he news had come as a shock, telling host Rachel Burden: “It’s devastating, absolutely devastating. It’s been such a quick process, this whole thing. It’s hit us like a ton of bricks, it really has.” “Are you okay to do the weather?” Rachel asked him, at which point, his voice cracked as he replied: “Yes. So, excuse me…” After delivering the forecast, co-host Nicky Campbell told him: “You did her proud, Si.”
BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin also paid tribute on Twitter, saying: “Some very sad news about one of my BBC colleagues and friends. Dianne was a wonderful, passionate, inspiring woman, who we will all miss terribly. My love and thoughts go to her husband Ian and young family.”
Dianne’s husband Ian Hindle told the BBC: “Dianne was an amazing wife and mother who embraced life to the full. 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,” he continued. “The children and I will miss her more than anyone can imagine.”
Dianne and Ian have two young children together.
The weather presenter was known for her role on North West Tonight, which she held for 4 years.
She also famously worked with Simon Mayo and Steve Wright on BBC Radio 1.
In addition, the presenter hosted several programmes on BBC Radio Manchester, including the Breakfast Show.
Dianne also worked for BBC Sport and took part in a 100-mile relay walk in aid of Children In Need.
Her North West Tonight co-stars Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin paid tribute to the late star, with Roger saying: “We are heartbroken by Dianne’s death. It is almost impossible to comprehend.
“Dianne was North West Tonight. It’s hard to imagine the programme without her.
“Our thoughts are with Ian and all of Dianne’s family. We hope they will find some comfort in the knowledge so many people loved Dianne and will miss her terribly,” he added.
During an interview with BBC Radio Manchester, Roger was emotional as he recalled how comedian Peter Kay had once invaded one of Dianne’s forecasts.
Hugging the weather presenter, the comedian quipped: “God love Dianne Oxberry — you made the sun shine for everybody!”
Annabel called Dianne’s death “an enormous shock”, saying: “I can scarcely believe Dianne has died.
“Di was so talented, so beautiful, so funny and so full of life. On-screen she was a star, radiating warmth and old humour.
“Off-screen she was a wonderful colleague, a loyal friend and I will miss her terribly.”
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Head of BBC North West said the team were “devastated” by the news of Dianne’s death.
“The coming days will be difficult 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,” he added.
BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker also paid tribute to the star, writing on Twitter: “What a special person Dianne Oxberry was.
“I was privileged enough to work with her on @BBCNWT and she was as loved and admired in the office as she was by the viewers.
“Whenever you were on location everyone would tell you how much they enjoyed watching Dianne,” he continued. “Such sad news.”
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