Award-winning BBC tv and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry has died from most cancers aged 51, her household has confirmed.
She died on the Christie hospital in Manchester on Thursday morning.
Oxberry turned well-known nationally on Radio 1, working alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright.
After finding out meteorology she turned the North West’s climate presenter in 1994 and likewise fronted the Inside Out North West present affairs programme.
Fellow BBC North West Tonight presenters Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin stated they had been heartbroken and it was exhausting to think about the programme with out her.
After her time at Radio 1 in London, Sunderland-born Oxberry returned north to Higher Manchester in 1993 together with her husband, cameraman Ian Hindle.
The couple, who’ve two younger kids, met in Manchester whereas she was co-presenting the Saturday morning kids’s tv present, The eight:15 From Manchester.
Mr Hindle stated: “Dianne was an incredible spouse and mom who embraced life to the complete.
“She was an inspiration to all who knew and cherished her but additionally to the individuals who watched and welcomed her into their properties every evening as if she had been a part of their household too.
“She is going to depart a large void in our lives however due to the exceptional particular person she was she’s going to endlessly dwell on in our hearts.
“The kids and I’ll miss her greater than anybody can think about.”
Oxberry just lately took half in a 100-mile relay stroll for Kids In Want with colleagues Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson.
Johnson stated: “We’re heartbroken by Dianne’s loss of life. It’s virtually not possible to understand. Dianne was North West Tonight. It is exhausting to think about the programme with out her.
“Our ideas are with Ian and all of Dianne’s household. We hope they may discover some consolation within the information so many individuals cherished Dianne and can miss her terribly.”
Tiffin added: “This is a gigantic shock for all of us. I can scarcely consider Dianne has died. She was cherished by our viewers, by all of us at North West Tonight. My coronary heart breaks for her household.
“Di was so gifted, so stunning, so humorous and so vigorous. On display she was a star, radiating heat and good humour. Off display, she was an exquisite colleague, a loyal good friend and I’ll miss her terribly.”
Aziz Rashid, head of BBC North West, stated: “We’re all devastated by this dreadful information. The approaching days might be tough however we are going to do our greatest to pay tribute to somebody who meant a lot to us all and made such an unlimited contribution to broadcasting within the North West.
“Simply final November throughout our Plod for Pudsey problem for Kids in Want, Di was out assembly viewers across the area. I noticed for myself the unimaginable response she bought from the general public, which confirmed how a lot individuals cared for her.”
In an emotional interview on BBC Radio Manchester, Oxberry’s North West Tonight colleague Roger Johnson quoted comic Peter Kay who invaded certainly one of her climate forecasts by hugging her and telling her: “God love Dianne Oxberry – you made the solar shine for everyone!”
Johnson stated: “For me, these phrases are Dianne’s epitaph: ‘God Love Dianne Oxberry – she made the solar shine for everyone.'”
“She was a very vibrant star however she by no means took herself too significantly. She might at all times snort at herself. She wasn’t a diva. She was all the way down to earth…she was simply beautiful,” he added.
Mayor of Higher Manchester Andy Burnham tweeted: “What a horrible shock and what a loss to the North West. My honest condolences to all of the workforce and, after all, to Dianne’s household.”
Helen Thomas, director of BBC England, stated: “Dianne had a exceptional profession. For greater than twenty years, she was a key a part of probably the most watched regional information programmes within the nation. Previous to that, she’d had a profitable stint engaged on air at Radio 1.
“She was a superb climate presenter, confirmed she might do severe journalism with Inside Out and will do the lighter finish of broadcasting brilliantly every time it was wanted.
“Above all she was a beautiful lady whose sudden and stunning loss of life has robbed the BBC of certainly one of our brightest stars. I am pondering of all her household and pals at this terrible time.”
Oxberry additionally labored as a reporter for BBC Sport, protecting the Nice North Run and the Manchester 10ok.
In 2002 she was requested to current BBC Radio Manchester’s lunchtime present. She then co-hosted the station’s flagship breakfast present with Eamonn O’Neal between 2006 and 2008.
Other than household and work, she cherished spending time with animals, specifically her beloved horses.
She described herself on Twitter as a “full-time pet-collector”.