Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51

BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51

She died at the Christie Hospital in Manchester following a short illness, her family confirmed.

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

"Dianne was an incredible wife and mother who embraced life to the full", Hindle told the BBC of his wife.

He said: "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. We hope they will find some comfort in the knowledge so many people loved Dianne and will miss her terribly".

Annabel said: "This is an enormous shock for all of us". I just can not believe it.

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends".

'Di was so talented, so lovely, so amusing and so full of life. I used to say to her how she had such a huge following and she would sort of dismiss it. It is impossible to comprehend. All our thoughts and our love are with [Dianne's husband] Ian and her children.

"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".

Dianne, 51, had been the North West Tonight's weather presenter for 24 years and was a much loved figure on television.

One of the BBC's longest-serving weather forecasters died suddenly this week after a battle with cancer, according to a new report.

Broadcasters Dan Walker, Simon Mayo and Jane Garvey were among those who paid tribute to the "amazing" Oxberry. Just last November during our Plod for Pudsey challenge for Children in Need, Di was out meeting viewers around the region.

She had started at the BBC as a personal assistant at Radio 2, before a move to Radio 1 where her first on-air role was on Steve Wright In The Afternoon.

Mayo wrote: "Devastated to hear this news".

She was also famously adored by comedian Peter Kay, who once crawled on his hands and knees to get close to her as she gave a forecast on live TV. She was brilliant. When she looked down the camera she connected with the people who were watching.

Campbell described Oxberry as a "wonderful person, sweet and warm woman". "My honest condolences to all the team and, of course, to Dianne's family". 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.

BBC Breakfast star Louise Minchin also paid tributes to the weather presenter on Twitter.

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