BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry dies, aged 51

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BBC's Dianne Oxberry has died at the age of 51.

The BBC North West weather presenter, who has also worked alongside Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 1, passed away on Thursday morning (January 10) at Manchester's Christie hospital after falling ill.

"Dianne was an amazing wife and mother who embraced life to the full," her husband Ian Hindle said in a statement (via BBC News).

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"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."

BBC North West posted a tweet reading: "Our thoughts are with her family and friends."

North West presenters Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin also paid tribute.

"This is an enormous shock for all of us," said Tiffin. "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."

Johnson said it was "hard to imagine the programme without her".

"It is almost impossible to comprehend," he added. "Dianne was North West Tonight."

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