BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies

  • BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies

BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies

Dianne Oxberry, 51, died at the Christie Hospital in Manchester on Thursday morning, the BBC reported.

"Please tell the people you love that you love them, because life is short and very precious", the BBC Northern Ireland weatherman wrote on Twitter.

In an emotional radio interview, Mr Johnson recalled when comedian Peter Kay invaded one of Mrs Oxberry's weather forecasts by hugging her and telling her: "God love Dianne Oxberry - you made the sun shine for everybody!"

After studying meteorology she became the North West's weather presenter in 1994 and also fronted the Inside Out North West current affairs programme.

Mr Hindle said: "Dianne was an wonderful wife and mother who embraced life to the full".

He added: "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".

Her husband Ian says he and their children will miss her more than anyone can imagine. I'm from the North West and Dianne Oxberry was a familiar face on our TV's most evenings.

Roger Johnson, a presenter on North West Tonight, said: "We are heartbroken by Dianne's death". It is impossible to comprehend.

Aziz Rashid, head of BBC North West, said in a statement that the entire staff is "devastated by this terrible news". She also hosted Inside Out North West, and presented programmes on BBC Radio Manchester.

Annabel Tiffin, who worked with Dianne, was one of the first to share her condolences and paid tribute to the star in a statement.

Fellow presenter Annabel Tiffin said: "This is an enormous shock for all of us". I can scarcely believe Dianne has died. She was last on-air on North West Tonight in mid-December.

Matt emotionally began: "I certainly echo those thoughts - with her family and her friends".

"Di was so talented, so attractive, so amusing and so full of life". I've known her for 17 years, and she was full of warmth, full of humour, and full of energy as well.

In 2002 she was asked to present BBC Radio Manchester's lunchtime show.

Prof Brian Cox was among those paying tribute today on Twitter: "Very sad to hear Diane Oxberry has died", he wrote.

Burden said she got to know Oxberry in the last couple of years "as part of the BBC Women's Network and she was an incredible support and a great champion for her female colleagues here at the BBC".

Steve Saul, from Preston, who is also a presenter and journalist at BBC North West Tonight, tweeted: "I'm sorry to tell you that our lovely friend and colleague, Dianne Oxberry, died yesterday after a short illness". She was a wonderful, joyous part of our breakfast team at Radio 1.

During her career Dianne was nominated for Best Regional Presenter at the Royal Television Society Awards.

Apart from family and work, she loved spending time with animals, in particular her beloved horses. "I'm thinking of all her family and friends at this terrible time".