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Dianne Oxberry dead at 51: Tributes to BBC weather presenter who battled short illness

Mirror logo Mirror 11/01/2019 Chris kitching

Dianne Oxberry smiling for the camera © Credits: BBC BBC TV and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry has died aged 51 after battling a short illness, the broadcaster says.

Mum-of-two Ms Oxberry was a weather presenter on North West Tonight for more than 20 years, residing in Greater Manchester with her husband and young children.

The meteorologist died at the Christie hospital in Manchester on Thursday morning, her devastated husband says.

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Ms Oxberry became a national figure after starting her career on Radio 1 in London, working alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright while serving as the channel's first dedicated weather presenter.

The Sunderland-born presenter studied meteorology and returned north to Greater Manchester in 1993 with her husband, cameraman Ian Hindle, and worked there for decades until her death.

Mr Hindle said: "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.

"The children and I will miss her more than anyone can imagine."

Ms Oxberry, of Sale, Trafford, took part in a 100-mile relay walk for Children In Need with colleagues Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson in November.

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She was active on Twitter as recently as December 13.

In one of her last tweets, she told one fan "best wishes to you for Christmas."

Tributes to the presenter poured in after her death was announced. It came as a huge shock to many viewers and her fans.

Colleagues said they were heartbroken over the death of the "talented" and "beautiful" presenter, saying it was hard to imagine North West Tonight without her.

Dianne Oxberry standing in front of a building © Credits: BBC

Ms Tiffin said: "This is an enormous shock for all of us. I can scarcely believe Dianne has died. She was loved by our viewers, by all of us at North West Tonight. My heart breaks for her family.

"Di was so talented, so beautiful, so funny and so full of life. On screen she was a star, radiating warmth and good humour. Off screen, she was a wonderful colleague, a loyal friend, and I will miss her terribly."

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Mr Johnson said: "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."

Dianne Oxberry smiling for the camera © Credits: BBC

Mr Mayo wrote on Twitter: "Devastated to hear this news. She was a wonderful, joyous part of our breakfast team at Radio 1. I loved working with her. My condolences to her family."

Fellow BBC journalist and weather presenter Alexandra Hamilton tweeted: "So so sad to hear that my wonderful colleague @DianneOxberry has passed away.

"She was a brilliant weather presenter, a great journalist and an all round stellar human.

"My thoughts are with her family and all those at @BBCNWT."

Dianne Oxberry smiling for the camera © Chester Chronicle Dianne Oxberry

BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor wrote: "I and the rest of the BBC Weather team are devastated by the death of @DianneOxberry.

"A ball of fun, warmth and energy, I laughed every time I saw/spoke to her over the last 17yrs. My thoughts are with her young family."

BBC meteorologist Simon King tweetted: "It has been devastating news about Dianne. The suddeness of it has hit us like a tonnes of bricks.

"She was such a kind, wonderful person and will be sorely missed. Thoughts to her family."

The BBC Weather Twitter account wrote: "All of us at BBC Weather are saddened by the news of the death of our friend and colleague Dianne Oxberry following a short illness.

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"Our thoughts are with our colleagues @BBCNWT, but more importantly with her family at this time."

Mx Oxberry's fans were also hit hard by the news.

Viewer Christine Bagot tweeted: "In total shock at the untimely death of @DianneOxberry our favourite weather presenter. just dreadfully sad."

Viewer Gareth Joy tweeted an image of a photo that Ms Oxberry had autographed for him.

He wrote: "Utterly heartbreaking news to wake up to about @DianneOxberry.

"Met her some years ago when @BBCNWT did a 'meet the presenters' tour in Chester - she was simply charming.

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"What you saw was what you got. Goodnight, Dianne."

Another viewer, Adam, wrote on Twitter:  "Very sad to read this morning that @DianneOxberry has suddenly passed away.

"She was a fixture in my house growing up and will be very much missed on North West tonight."

After her stint on Radio 1, Ms Oxberry joined North West Tonight in 1994, where she worked until her death.

She was the main weather presenter on the programme and also fronted regional current affairs show Inside Out North West.

Dianne Oxberry et al. sitting at a table © Credits: Liverpool Echo

She had studied meteorology at the Met Office College.

She also presented a number of programmes on BBC Radio Manchester, including the Breakfast Show.

Ms Oxberry was actively involved in supporting charities and community events.

Last year, she hosted the Cheshire Schools Awards.

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